Tommy Thumb’s Pretty Song Book Voll. II (1744):
“Bah, Bah a black Sheep”

Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book Voll. II

Title: “Bah, Bah a black Sheep”

Medium: nursery rhyme

Publication date: 1744

Publisher: Mary Cooper

Roud Folk Song Index Number: 4439

1 characters in this story:

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Baa, Baa, Black Sheep Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
(lead character)
supporting character
CBR Scale: D anthropomorphic animal
sheep unknown 2

The traditional English nursery rhyme "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep," as printed in Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book (1744), is essentially the same as the version we know today. Below is the 1744 version:

Bah, Bah a black Sheep,
Have you any Wool?
Yes merry have I,
Three Bags full,
One for my master,
One for my Dame,
One for the little Boy
That lives down the lane.