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"'Hickory Dickory Dock'" or "'Hickety Dickety Dock'" is a popular English-language nursery rhyme. It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 6489.
Lyrics and music
The most common modern version is:
Other variants include "down the mouse ran"'The American Mercury', Volume 77, p. 105 or "down the mouse run" or "and down he ran" or "and down he run" in place of "the mouse ran down".
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Origins and meaning
The earliest recorded version of the rhyme is in 'Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book', published in London in about 1744, which uses the opening line: 'Hickere, Dickere Dock'. The next recorded version in 'Mother Goose's Melody' (c. 1765), uses 'Dickery, Dickery Dock'.
The rhyme is thought by some commentators to have originated as a counting-out rhyme. Westmorland shepherds in the nineteenth century used the numbers 'Hevera' (8), 'Devera' (9) and 'Dick' (10) which are from the language Cumbric.
The rhyme is thought to have been based on the astronomical clock at Exeter Cathedral. The clock has a small hole in the door below the face for the resident cat to hunt mice.Cathedral Cats. Richard Surman. HarperCollins. 2004
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