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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:

Daffy-Down-Dilly

Has come to town

With a yellow petticoat

And a pretty green gown

Daffy-down-Dilly.

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