“Ding a dong ding, I heard a bird sing.”

From EXAMPLES OF FOLK MEMORY FROM STAFFORDSHIRE.
BY SAMBROOKE A. H. BURNE, M.A., BARRISTER-AT-LAW.

In The Transactions of the Folk-Lore Society, 1916.

[…] a lullaby or jingle which in 1892 was heard sung to a child at Harriseahead, a remote colliery village in North Staffordshire. The singer was an old woman, and there were several verses, but only one was noted :

” Ding a dong ding.
Ding a dong ding,
I heard a bird sing.
The Parliament soldiers have gone for the King.”

[…] This rhyme is not confined to North Staffordshire. A member of the North Staffordshire Field Club writes that she remembers it being sung to her in her childhood by a nurse, “probably a Cambridgeshire woman, and almost certainly from the Fens.”

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