Closing the book on verse puzzle from reader's old school days
Marie FitzSimons, of Dundonald, is reminded today by the blooming daffodils of spring of a verse she used to say in school many years ago. It went like this:
Daffa Down Dilly went to town
In her yellow bonnet
And her long green gown.
I can tell Marie that those lines originated in a novel written by American Nat Hawthorne (1804-1864), which was a children's bestseller. It was called Little Daffy Down Dilly.
The verse, as it appeared on one of the pages, actually read like this:
Has come to town
With a yellow petticoat
And a pretty green gown