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Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory dickory dock

“Hickory dickory dock” is one of the most recognizable counting rhymes in the English language, but what its original purpose or meaning may have been is less clear. The rhyme is thought to have been based on the astronomical clock at Exeter Cathedral. The clock has a small hole in the door below the face for the resident cat to hunt mice. This is an elementary tool to help teaching children the time.

The earliest recorded version of the rhyme is in Tommy Thumb’s Pretty Song Book, published in London in about 1744, which uses the opening line: ‘Hickere, Dickere Dock’ The next recorded version in Mother Goose’s Melody (c. 1765), uses ‘Dickery, Dickery Dock’. The rhyme is thought by some commentators to have originated as a counting-out rhyme. Westmorland shepherds in the nineteenth century used the numbers ‘Hevera, Devera and Dick’ which are from the language Cumbric.

“Hickory Dickory Dock” Lyrics

Hickory, dickory, dock.
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one,
The mouse ran down,
Hickory, dickory, dock.

Other variants include “down the mouse ran” or “down the mouse run or “and down he ran” or “and down he run” in place of “the mouse ran down”.

Here is a variation of the song with lot of additional lyrics.

Hickory Dickory Dock,
The mouse ran up the clock,
The clock struck one, and down he run,
Hickory Dickory Dock!

Hickory Dickory Dock,
The bird looked at the clock,
The clock struck two, and away she flew,
Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory Dickory Dock,
The dog barked at the clock,
The clock struck three, fiddle-de-dee,
Hickory Dickory Dock!

Hickory Dickory Dock,
The bear slept on the clock,
The clock struck four, he ran out the door,
Hickory Dickory Dock!

Hickory Dickory Dock,
The bee buzzed round the clock,
The clock struck five, she went to her hive,
Hickory Dickory Dock!

Hickory Dickory Dock,
The hen clucked at the clock,
The clock struck six, fiddle-sticks,
Hickory Dickory Dock!

Hickory Dickory Dock,
The cat ran round the clock,
The clock struck seven, she wanted to get ’em,
Hickory Dickory Dock!

Hickory Dickory Dock,
The horse jumped over the clock,
The clock struck eight, he ate some cake,
Hickory Dickory Dock!

Hickory Dickory Dock,
The cow danced on the clock,
The clock struck nine, she felt so fine,
Hickory Dickory Dock!

Hickory Dickory Dock,
The pig oinked at the clock,
The clock struck ten, she did it again,
Hickory Dickory Dock!

Hickory Dickory Dock,
The snake squirmed out of the clock,
The clock struck eleven, he said, “Let me get in”,
Hickory Dickory Dock!

Hickory Dickory Dock,
The snail slimed up the clock,
The clock struck twelve, what a sticky self,
Hickory Dickory Dock!

Frequently asked questions (FAQ's) based on “Hickory dickory dock”

Answer : It is one of the most popular nursery rhyme in the English language. It is also known as “Hickety Dickety Dock”. “Hickory Dickory Dock”, the nursery rhyme, is used to teach children time. In this rhyme children are playing with the sound of the clock and learning the time.

Answer : “Hickory Dickory Dock” is a traditional nursery rhyme, dating back to the 18th century London. It was fisrt recorded as “’Hickere, Dickere Dock” by Tommy Thumb in his Pretty Song Book collection, 1744, London. Later, another version was published in Mother Goose’s Melody (1765) titled “Dickery Dock”.

Answer : It is a five-line rhyme made up of one couplet and one triplet. This rhyme is very useful for kids, they can easily understand and learn the rhyme.

Answer : the rhyme was firstly published in 1744.

Answer : This poem is based on the story of a mouse and a cat. The poem is believed to have originated as a count-out poem. The poem is based on the astronomical clock in Exeter Cathedral. A pendulum is also given in this clock, which shows the time, with the needle of the cushion, which attracts children a lot, In this clock a small thief door has also been given for the cat to hunt the mouse.

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