Most scholars attribute the original children’s version of the poem to the English poet Robert Southey (1774–1843). And such are little boys made of. This short version of the children’s poem is commonly found in Mother Goose nursery rhyme collections.
In the word ” spice ,” for example, “ice” is a rime; when it appears again in a sequence, like ” sugar and spice and everything nice”, that’s a rhyme .
Little boys in the 18th Century (when this saying originated in nursery rhyme song form, circa 1820) were generally known for gathering small bits and pieces of “things” and putting them in their pockets, i.e. “ snips ” (snippets).
R.S.) What are little boys made of? Snips and snails and puppy-dog tails; That’s what little boys are made of.
snip noun (CUT) a quick, short cut with scissors: Give it a snip with the scissors. the snip UK informal humorous. a vasectomy.
Original Scottish Version Wee Willie Winkie rins through the toon, Up stairs an’ doon stairs in his nicht-gown, Tirlin’ at the window, crying at the lock, “Are the weans in their bed, for it’s now ten o’clock?”
To a biologist, the world is made of living organisms. To a chemist, the world is made of molecules formed from atoms. If you ask that question of a physicist, the physicist will probably start by talking about atoms, and then proceed to talk about the protons, neutrons and electrons that make up an atom.
Sing a song of sixpence, A pocket full of rye. Four and twenty blackbirds , Baked in a pie.