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Boys and Girls Come Out To Play

“Boys and Girls come out to Play” is one of the truly historical nursery rhymes dealing with child poverty and child labor. It refers to the time when most children had to work “Those who would eat must work” and there was little time for play. Playtime was in the evening, after the day’s work “The moon does shine as bright as day” and “Loose your supper, and loose your sleep”.

Up to the time of the Industrial revolution children would help their parents on the land, only the children of wealthy parents would attend school. The first publication date for this Nursery Rhyme “Boys and Girls come out to Play”  was 1708, But it is still popular. And we think that is more actual than ever these days. Because it is a reminder that the kids still need to go out in the street to play together in real life.

“Boys and Girls Come Out to Play” Lyrics

Boys and Girls, Come out to play
The moon does shine, As bright as day;
Come with a whoop, And come with a call
Come with a good will, Or not at all.

Loose your supper, And loose your sleep
Come to your playfellows, In the street;
Up the ladder, And down the wall
A halfpenny loaf, Will serve us all.

But when the loaf is gone, What will you do?
Those who would eat, Must work, it is true;
You’ll find milk, And I’ll find flour And
we’ll have pudding, In half an hour.

Boys and Girls, Come out to play
The moon does shine, As bright as day;
Come with a whoop And come with a call
Come with a good will or not at all.