Tommy Thumb’s Pretty Song Book Voll. II (1744):
“Little Boy Blue”

Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book Voll. II

Title: “Little Boy Blue”

Medium: nursery rhyme

Publication date: 1744

Publisher: Mary Cooper

Roud Folk Song Index Number: 11318

4 characters in this story:

(Click links for info about character
and his/her religious practice, affiliation, etc.)
Pub. #
Little Boy Blue Little Boy Blue
(lead character)
lead character
  [nursery rhyme: fell asleep, lost track of his sheep] Mary Cooper 30
you you supporting character scientist
CBR Scale: I your religion
[you (the reader) as a character in the story] DC Marvel 5
the sheep in the meadow the sheep in the meadow supporting character group
CBR Scale: D N.A.
[sheep Little Boy Blue is supposed to watch]
Mary Cooper 2
The cow's in the corn The cow's in the corn supporting character
CBR Scale: D N.A.
cattle Mary Cooper 2

Popular English nursery rhyme.

The earliest known printed version of this nursery rhyme appeared in Tommy Thumb's Little Song Book (c. 1744), but the rhyme may have originated much earlier.

Little Boy Blue,
Come blow your horn,
The sheep's in the meadow,
The cow's in the corn;
But where is the boy
Who looks after the sheep?
He's under a haycock,
Fast asleep.
Will you wake him?
No, not I,
For if I do,
He's sure to cry.