Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep
And doesn't know where to find them;
Leave them alone, And they'll come home,
wagging their tails behind them.
Little Bo-Peep fell fast asleep,
and dreamt she heard them bleating;
But when she awoke, she found it a joke,
for they were still a-fleeting.
Then up she took her little crook,
determined for to find them;
She found them indeed, but it made her heart bleed,
for they'd left all their tails behind them.
It happened one day, as Bo-peep did stray
into a meadow hard by,
there she espied their tails side by side,
all hung on a tree to dry.
She heaved a sigh and wiped her eye,
and over the hillocks went rambling,
and tried what she could, as a shepherdess should,
to tack each again to its lambkin.