bobby shafto nursery rhyme

There once was a boy named Bobby Shafto And sadly he’s gone to sea. His parents love him so and gave him their blessing, Bobby Shafto soon went off on his boat. He will return from the sea someday soon with a silver spoon, if he does not return then I’ll tell you another story of a boy we used to know.

” Bobby Shafto rhyme “

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The most common modern version is:

Bobby Shafto’s gone to sea,
Silver buckles at his knee;
He’ll come back and marry me,
Bonny Bobby Shafto!
Bobby Shafto’s bright and fair,
Combing down his yellow hair;
He’s my love for evermore,
Bonny Bobby Shafto!

This is very close to the earliest printed version in 1805. A version published in John Bell’s, Rhymes of Northern Bards (1812) gives these additional verses:

Bobby Shafto’s tall and slim,
He always dressed so neat and trim;
The ladies they all kick at him,
Bonny Bobby Shafto.
Bobby Shafto’s gettin’ a bairn,
For to dangle on his arm;
In his arm and on his knee,
Bobby Shafto loves me.

Other publications have made changes to some of the words, including the spelling of the last name:

Bobby Shaftoe’s gone to sea,
With silver buckles on his knee;
He’ll come back and marry me,
Pretty Bobby Shaftoe!
Bobby Shaftoe’s fat and fair,
Combing down his yellow hair;
He’s my love for evermore,
Pretty Bobby Shaftoe!

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