The Nursery Rhymes of England (1845):
“Georgie Porgie”
by James Halliwell-Phillipps

The Nursery Rhymes of England

Title: “Georgie Porgie”

Medium: nursery rhyme

Publication date: 1845

Publisher: John Russell Smith
Written by: James Halliwell-Phillipps

Roud Folk Song Index Number: 19532

1 characters in this story:

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Georgie Porgie Georgie Porgie
(lead character)
non-feature lead character
  [kissed the girls and made them cry] John Russell Smith 11

The Nursery Rhymes of England is also known as: The Nursery Rhymes of England or collected chiefly from oral tradition.

The earliest known printed version of this nursery rhyme was collected by James Orchard Halliwell in the 1840s. That version features "Rowley Powley" as the central character in the rhyme, but otherwise is essentially the same as the modern version. The version of the rhyme with Georgie Porgie instead of Rowley Powley was known to George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) during his childhood, so that version must date to no later than about 1870, and is probably older.

James Orchard Halliwell is the editor who collected nursery rhymes into the volume titled The Nursery Rhymes of England. He did not write these rhymes.