“There Was a Little Man”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1744 (Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book)
Keywords: bird hunting food


"There was a little man, And he had a little gun, And the ball was made of lead." The little man goes out to hunt ducks. He hits the duck in the head and brings her home to his wife to cook. (He goes out to shoot the drake, but it escapes)


  1. Opie-Oxford2 325, "There was a little man, and he had a little gun" (1 text)
  2. Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #25, p. 38, "(There was a little Man)"
  3. Roud #1289
  4. BI, BGMG025