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:
“There was an old woman and she lived in a shoe,
She had so many children, she didnt know what to do.
She crummd em some porridge without any bread
And she borrowed a beetle, and she knocked em all on the head.
Then out went the old woman to bespeak em a coffin
And when she came back she found em all a-loffing.”
—Mother Goose (fl. 17th18th century. There was an old woman who lived in a shoe (l. 16)
“Roosevelt could always keep ahead with his work, but I cannot do it, and I know it is a grievous fault, but it is too late to remedy it. The country must take me as it found me. Wasnt it your mother who had a servant girl who said it was no use for her to try to hurry, that she was a Sunday chil and no Sunday chil could hurry? I dont think I am a Sunday child, but I ought to have been; then I would have had an excuse for always being late.”
—William Howard Taft (18571930)
“Hey, diddle, diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon;
The little dog laughed
To see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.”
—Mother Goose (fl. 17th18th century. Hey, diddle, diddle (l. 16)