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"The Froggie came to the mill door" was one of the songs in Wedderburn's 'Com-playnt of Scotland/ 1548. On November 21,1580, a license was granted to E. White, of a " ballad of a most strange wedding of the froggie and the mousie."
They soon arrived at the mouse's hall,
Heigho, etc. They gave a loud tap, and they gave a loud call!
With a rowly powly, etc.
Pray, Mrs. Mouse, are you within,
Heigho, etc. Yes, kind sirs, I'm sitting to spin,
With a rowly powly, etc.
■Come, Mrs. Mouse, now give us some beer,
Heigho, etc. That froggy and I may have some cheer,
With a rowly powly, etc.
Pray Mr. Frog will you give us a song,
Heigho, etc. Let the subject be something that's not very long,
With a rowly powly, etc.
Indeed, Mrs. Mouse, replied the frog,
Heigho, etc. A cold has made me as hoarse as a hog,
With a rowly powly, etc.
Since you have caught cold, Mr. Frog, mousy said. Heigho, etc.
I'll sing you a song that I have just made, With a rowly powly, etc.
As they were in glee and a merry making,
Heigho, etc. A cat and her kittens came tumbling in,
With a rowly powly, etc.
The cat she seized the rat by the crown,
Heigho, etc. The kittens they pull'd the little mouse down,
With a rowly powly, etc.
This put Mr. Frog in a terrible fright,
Heigho, etc. He took up his hat and he wished them good night,
With a rowly powly, etc.
As froggy was crossing it over a brook,
Heigho, etc. A lily white duck came and gobbled him up,
With a rowly powly, etc.
So here is an end of one, two and three,
Heigho, etc. The rat, the mouse and little Froggy,
With a rowly powly, etc.

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