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IX. Nursery
For texts similar to the Michigan forms and a discussion of this riddle song from the fifteenth century see Child, I, 415, and Barry, Eckstorm, and Smyth, p. 99, note. See also Eddy, No. 4, Henry, p. 25; Sharp, II, 190-191; and Tolman, 1AFL, XXIX, 157-15&
Version A was sung in 1934 by Mr. Charles Muchler, Kalkaska, who learned the song about 1879.
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1    I had four brothers over the sea, Perry merry dinctum dominee; And each sent a present unto me; Partum, quartum, perry dee centum, Perry merry dinctum dominee.
2    One sent a cherry that had no stone, One sent a chicken without any bone.
3    The next sent a blanket without any thread, And the next sent a book that couldn't be read.

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