Little Boy Blue

Little Boy Blue, come blow your horn,
The sheep's in the meadow, the cow's in the corn.
Where's the little boy who looks after the sheep?
Under the haystack, fast asleep.

Image of Boy Blue asleep on the hay. Everything points to "Little Boy Blue" being a simple ditty and not a parody of some historical or political instance. Some have tried to attach political implications, but none can be traced reliably (ie. that it refers to Cardinal Thomas Wolsey (c1472-1530). The verse was collected for the nursery in The Famous Tommy Thumb's Little Story-Book (c1760). It also is seen in A. A. Milne's When We Were Very Young (1924).

As originally published, it ended with two lines not seen today:

Will you wake him, no, not I,
For if I do, he's sure to cry.

— based on text in Mother Goose: From Nursery to Literature (McFarland Pub.) by Gloria T. Delamar

Boy Blue Haystacks

Equipment: large pot or mixing bowl, mixing spoon, can opener, pot holders, wax paper, teaspoon, rubber scraper, cookie pan or two dinner plates

Ingredients: 1 10-ounce package butterscotch bits (or near to 10-ounce)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 medium-size can chow mein noodles

Image of Boy Blue. To melt the butterscotch in a microwave oven, empty the package into a microwave bowl and microwave for five minutes. Then check to see if they are melted; if not, zap them another few minutes. Use pot holders to take the dish out when the butterscotch is melted.

To melt the butterscotch on the stove, empty the package into a large pot. Use a low flame. You will have to keep stirring, so it doesn't burn. Use a pot holder to hold the handle. When the butterscotch is melted, take the pot off the stove.

Measure 1/2 cup of peanut butter. Put the peanut butter into the butterscotch and stir it together. When it is all mixed, add the can of chow mein noodles. Stir until the chow mein noodles are mixed in.

Cover the cookie pan or dinner plates with wax paper. Use the teaspoon to scoop out spoonsful of the mixture--you can use your fingers or a rubber scraper to push the recipe off the teaspoon. Put the "haystacks" close to each other, so all of the mixture will fit on the cookie pan or plates.

Put the Boy Blue Haystacks into the refrigerator for at least one hour, so they can chill and get firm.

Boy Blue wouldn't stay asleep if he had these to eat!

— from Mother Goose Cookbook, work-in-progress, c 1998, Gloria T. Delamar

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