The familiar figure of Mother Goose is an imaginary author of a collection of fairy tales and nursery rhymes which are often published as Mother Goose Rhymes. As a character, she appears in one "nursery rhyme". A Christmas pantomime called Mother Goose is often performed in the United Kingdom. The so-called "Mother Goose" rhymes and stories have formed the basis for many classic British pantomimes. Mother Goose is generally depicted in literature and book illustration as an elderly country woman in a tall hat and shawl, a costume identical to the peasant costume worn in Wales in the early 20th century, but is sometimes depicted as a goose (usually wearing a bonnet).
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Famous quotes containing the words mother goose, mother and/or goose:
“A frog he would a-wooing go,
Heigh ho! says Rowley,
Whether his mother would let him or no.
With a rowley, powley, gammon and spinach,
Heigh ho! says Anthony Rowley.”
—Mother Goose (fl. 17th18th century. A frog he would a-wooing go (l. 15)
“My mother thinks us long away;
Tis time the field were mown.
She had two sons at rising day,
To-night shell be alone.”
—A.E. (Alfred Edward)
“This is the maiden all forlorn
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn”
—Mother Goose (fl. 17th18th century. The House That Jack Built (l. 2223)