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"Little brook, little brook, why do you laugh at me?" | 29-Nov-05

"Little brook, little brook, why do you laugh at me?"

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"Why do you laugh , little brook, little brook?
and why so dimpled and gay?
What did you hear as you came through the wood, and what did you see on the way?
This was a poem my mother used to read to me when I was a child. I do not know who the author was, sorry.
Robert New

I am also looking for the words of this poem. My father used to recite it to me as a child. I know another part of it was" and I saw the ------- open its eyes, and the "jack in the pulpit" rise. But cant remember anymore. Anymore help would be appreciated.
Marion Croot

The third verse goes something like:
The sunbeams in passing blew me a kiss,
And the breezes whispered to me.
And the tiny pebbles tickled me so,
I couldn't help laughing you see!

Les Hyde

The middle verse goes soething like:
Such fun I had as I came through the wood,
I saw violets opening their eyes,
The little ferns straightening their curls,
And Jack-in-the-Pulpit rise.
I only know of 3 verses.
Les Hyde

The Laughing Brook by Elizabeth Scantlebury?
I recited this poem at a Coronation Street Party in 1953!
I think what you already have is now complete.
Viv Hughes

The version I remember of this poem is slightly different, but mostly what others have recorded here below.
Marion Early

The whole thing (as I memorized it from my Great-Grandfather) goes:

?Why do you laugh little brook, little brook?

And why so dimple and gay? What did you hear when you came through the wood? And what did you see on the way?

I saw the violets opening their eyes, the ferns straightening their curves, and the Jack-in-the-Pulpit rise. A sunbeam in passing blew me a kiss, and the breeze whispered to me. And oh, how these pebbles, they tickled me so, I couldn?t help laughing, you see.?

I can?t confirm if Elizabeth Scantlebury is the author. (I heard a different origin story.)

JF Whiting

Such fun as I've had, I saw in the woods
The violets opening their eyes,
The little ferns straightening out their curls,
And Jack-in-the-Pulpit rise.
Kathy Kerr

I have just seen this poem in a book of poetry written out by my grandmother. This one she copied on 13th April 1919. The text is:
Why do you laugh, little brook, little brook,
And why so dimple and gay;
What did you hear as you came through the wood,
And what did you see on the way?

Such fun I’ve had in the wood, in the wood,
Violets opening their eyes,
And the little ferns straightening their curls
And Jack in the pulpit rye.

The sunbeams in passing threw me a kiss,
The breezes whispered to me;
And the tiny pebbles tickled me so,
I could not help but laugh you see.

Don Brewin


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