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Two Little Dickie Birds” or “Two Little Black Birds” is an¬†English language¬†nursery rhyme¬†and¬†fingerplay. It has a¬†Roud Folk Song Index¬†number of 16401.
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Modern versions of the rhyme include:

Two little dickie birds sitting on a wall
One named Peter, one named Paul.
Fly away Peter! Fly away Paul!
Come back Peter! Come back Paul!

Origins

The rhyme was first recorded when published in¬†Mother Goose’s Melody¬†in London around 1765. In this version the names of the birds were Jack and Gill:

There were two blackbirds

Sat upon a hill,
The one was nam’d Jack,

The other nam’d Gill;
Fly away Jack,

Fly away Gill,
Come again Jack,

Come again Gill.

These names seem to have been replaced with the apostles Peter and Paul in the 19th century.

Variants

In American English, the variant “Two Little Blackbirds” is more common.

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill.
One named Jack and one named Jill.
Fly away Jack, fly away Jill.
Come back Jack, come back Jill.

Two little blackbirds flying in the sky.
One named Low and one named High.
Fly away Low, fly away High.
Come back Low, come back High.

Two little blackbirds sitting on a pole.
One named Fast and one named Slow.
Fly away Fast, fly away Slow.
Come back Fast, come back Slow.

Two little blackbirds sitting on a gate.
One named Early and one named Late.
Fly away Early, fly away Late.
Come back Early, come back Late.

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