POLLY PUT THE KETTLE ON

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POLLY PUT THE KETTLE ON
Polly Put the Kettle On” is a nursery rhyme. “Molly Put the Kettle On or Jenny’s Baubie”
was published by Joseph Dale. “Polly Put the Kettle on” is derived from the “Augustin”
song. “Jenny’s Bawbee” was published by A Muffat in “The Minstrelsy of Scotland” by
Augener (1914). In the form of a dance tune, “Jenny’s Baubee” is in Johnson’s “Scots
Musical Museum” in 1797. In middle-class families in the mid-eighteenth century
“Sukey” was equivalent to “Susan”. The nursery rhyme is mentioned in Dickens’
“Barnaby Rudge”.
Polly, put the kettle on,
Polly, put the kettle on,
Polly, put the kettle on,
And let’s drink tea.
Sukey, take it off again,
Sukey, take it off again,
Sukey, take it off again,
They’re all gone away