There Was An Old Woman Tossed Up In A Basket

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There was an old woman tossed up in a blanket
Seventeen times as high as the moon.
But where she was going, no mortal could tell it,
For under her arm, she carried a broom.
"Old woman, old woman, old woman,' quoth I,
"Whither, ah whither, ah whither so high?"
"To sweep the cobwebs from the sky".
"May I come with you?"
"Aye, by and by".

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There was an old woman tossed up in a basket
Ninety-nine times as high as the moon.
What she did there I could not but ask it
For in each hand she carried a broom.

"Old woman, old woman, old woman,' said I
"Where are you going to up so high?"
"To sweep the cobwebs from the sky
And you may come with me if you can fly".


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Alice, United States

30 June 2014 at 1:21pm

All of us will one day be tossed up in a basket-- that is, we all die bye and bye.

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Christine Rietsch, United States

30 March 2013 at 12:05am

It's actually in reference to the crone--a witch with a broom.

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Jeff, Brisbane, Australia

4 April 2009 at 11:32am

The book of Zechariah in the bible, chapter 5, talks of a woman or women being taken up high in a basket. I suspect this must figure as a source for this rhyme.

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