- Bye, baby Bunting
"Bye, baby Bunting" is a
nursery rhyme. There are several variants. One of the more common is:
:Bye, baby Bunting,:Father's gone a-hunting,:Mother's gone a-milking,:Sister's gone a-silking,:Brother's gone to buy a skin:To wrap the baby Bunting in.
The earliest published version, as identified to date, appeared in England in 1784, with opening line "Cry" baby Bunting," a title by which the rhyme is sometimes called:
:Cry, baby Bunting,:Daddy’s gone a-hunting,:Gone to get a rabbit skin:To wrap the baby Bunting in.
Yet another (longer) version is:
:Bye, baby Bunting.:Daddy's gone a hunting,:To get a little rabbit skin:To wrap his baby Bunting in.
:Bye, baby Bunting.:Daddy's gone a hunting,:To get a little lambie skin:To wrap his baby Bunting in.
:Bye, baby Bunting.:Daddy's gone a hunting,:A rosy wisp of cloud to win:To wrap his baby Bunting in .
Also known as Cry Baby Bunting.
One version (dating to 1842) may be of American origin:
:Bye, baby bumpkin:Where’s
Tony Lumpkin:My lady’s on her death-bed,:For eating half a pumpkin.
:Bye, baby bower:My mom has plenty power:Eyes and ears and momic:Are all in her stomach!
The rhyme was memorably and sardonically illustrated by the great British artist,
Randolph Caldecott. Bugs Bunnyuses a line of the Nursery Rhyme in a cartoon. The Good, the Bad and the Queencontains the song "The Bunting Song" based on this Nursery Rhyme.
Little Baby BuntingDaddy's gone a huntingGone to fetch a Rabbit's SkinTo wrap his baby Agnes in.
The dystopian novel
Brave New Worldby Aldous Huxleycontains the adapted reference "Bye baby Banting, soon you'll need decanting".
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