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

Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book Voll. II

Title: “Little Tommy Tucker”

Medium: nursery rhyme

Publication date: 1744

Publisher: Mary Cooper

Roud Folk Song Index Number: 19618

1 characters in this story:

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Little Tommy Tucker Little Tommy Tucker
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non-feature lead character
  [from nursery rhyme; sings for his supper] Mary Cooper 9

The earliest recorded version of the nursery rhyme "Little Tommy Tucker" appeared in Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book (c. 1744), but the nursery rhyme itself is probably much older. In An Excellent New Medley (c. 1620), the line "Tom would eat meat but wants a knife" appears to refer to this nursery rhyme.