The Nursery Rhymes of England
Title: “Georgie Porgie”
Medium: nursery rhyme
Publication date: 1845Publisher: John Russell Smith
Roud Folk Song Index Number: 19532
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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.