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Apple Pie ABC

Apple Pie ABC

Apple Pie ABC” rhyme was well-known in the reign of Charles II and the usual title being: The tragical Death of A, Apple Pie Who was caught in Pieces and Eat by Twenty-Five Gentlemen with whom All Little People Ought to be Very well acquainted. Now known as A Apple Pie, it was a favorite for ABC instruction.

“Apple Pie ABC” is probably the oldest alphabet rhyme out there. It has been sung for generations, but it is still popular.

Modern Version as “Apple Pie ABC”

Says A,
give me a good large slice!


Says B,
a little bit, but nice.


Says C,
cut me a piece of crust.


Take it, says D,
it’s dry as dust!


Says E, I’ll eat it fast,


I will, Says F,
I vow I’ll have my fill!


Says G,
give it me good and great.


Says H,
a little bit I hate.


Says I,
it’s ice I must request.


Says J,
the juice I love the best.


Says K,
let’s keep it up above.


Says L,
the border’s what I love.


Says M,
it makes your teeth to chatter.


N said, it’s nice,
there’s nought the matter.


O others’ plates with grief surveyed.


P for a large piece begged and prayed.


Q quarrelled for the topmost slice.


R rubbed his hands and said “it’s nice”.


S silent sat,


and simply looked.


T thought,
and said, it’s nicely cooked!


U understood the fruit was cherry.


V vanished when they all got merry.


W wished there’d been a quince in.


X here explained,
he’d need convincing.


Y said, I’ll eat,
and yield to none.


Z, like a zany,
said he’d done.


While ampersand purloined the dish,
And for another pie did wish.

 

Older Original Version as “A was an Apple Pie”

Older Original Version as “A was an Apple Pie”

A was an apple pie
B bit it,
C cut it,
D dealt it,
E eat it,
F fought for it,
G got it,
H had it,
I inspected it,
J jumped for it,
K kept it,
L longed for it,
M mourned for it,
N nodded at it,
O opened it,
P peeped in it,
Q quartered it,
R ran for it,
S stole it,
T took it,
U upset it,
V viewed it,
W wanted it,
X, Y, Z and ampersand
All wished for a piece in hand.