Visual Library Catalogue: Nursery Rhymes of London Town

I found this book in Campbeltown’s used book shop, The Old Bookshelf. I’d not heard of Eleanor Farjeon, who was a prolific and thoroughly all-round writer, publishing children’s stories, plays, poetry, biography, history and satire. This 1973 reprint is a compilation of two books published in 1916 and 1917. Farjeon’s rhymes, in conjunction with MacDonald Gill’s illustrations, celebrate and give poetic meaning to the well-known streets and neighbourhoods of her time. Here’s an example:

Marylebone

Mary Lebone
She gets no meat,
She never has anything
Nice to eat;
A supper fit
For a dog alone
Is all the fare
Of poor Mary Lebone.
She squats by the corner
Of Baker Street,
And snuffs at the air
So spicy and sweet
When the Bakers are baking
The puddings and pies,
Their buns and their biscuits
And Banburies –
A tart for Joscelyn,
A cake for Joan,
And nothing at all
For poor Mary Lebone!

Irresistible.

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