Gammer Gurton’s Garland (1784):
“Goosey Goosey Gander”

Gammer Gurton's Garland

Title: “Goosey Goosey Gander”

Medium: nursery rhyme

Publication date: 1784

Publisher: R. Christopher

Roud Folk Song Index Number: 6488

2 characters in this story:

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Goosey Goosey Gander Goosey Goosey Gander
(lead character)
non-feature lead character
CBR Scale: D anthropomorphic animal
goose R. Christopher 4
my lady my lady supporting character
  [Goosey Gander found sack, ginger in my lady's chamber] R. Christopher 2

"Goosey Goosey Gander" is a traditional English nursery rhyme. The earliest known printed version of this rhyme was published in Gammer Gurton's Garland or The Nursery Parnassus (1784), but the rhyme was likely in circulation for a long time before this publication.

The 1784 version reads thus:

Goose-a goose-a gander,
Where shall I wander?
Up stairs and down stairs,
In my lady's chamber;
There you'll find a cup of sack
And a race of ginger.