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Little Boy Blue
Little boy blue

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English Nursery Rhyme

Created by

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Origin

"Little Boy Blue" is a popular English language nursery rhyme.

The most common version of the rhyme is:

Little Boy Blue,
Come blow your horn,
The sheep's in the meadow,
The cow's in the corn;
Where is that boy
Who looks after the sheep?
Under the haystack
Fast asleep.
Will you wake him?
Oh no, not I,
For if I do
He will surely cry.

Origins and Meanings

It may be alluded to in Shakespeare's King Lear (III, vi) when Edgar, masquerading as Mad Tom, says:

Sleepest or wakest thou, jolly shepheard?
Thy sheepe be in the corne;
And for one blast of thy minikin mouth
Thy sheepe shall take no harme.

It has been argued that Little Boy Blue was intended to represent Cardinal Wolsey, who was the son of an Ipswich butcher, who may have acted as a hayward to his father's livestock, but there is no corroborative evidence to support this assertion.

Public Domain Comic Appearances

  • Fawcett's Funny Animals #13
  • Four Color #41,59,68,90,103,140,253
  • Jingle Jangle Comics #17

Public Domain Comic Appearances Inspired by Little Boy Blue

  • Christmas Carnival (1952 series) #nn
  • Christmas Carnival (1955 series) #2
  • Tales of the Mysterious Traveler #10
Little Boy Blue

“Little Boy Blue,” illustration from The National Nursery Book, ca. 1870.

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