"Little Dicky Dilver (ret.)" © wood engraving (ed. 35) image: 3.5 x 5 in. $80.00 (go to "Hi There" for purchase information)

This nursery rhyme has to be nearly as offensive as Tom, Tom of Islington. I figure this guy should still be doing time, two or three hundred years later. He and the miller performed one of the most violent and ruthless acts of spousal abuse in Mother Goose's collection. We can only be thankful that Mother Goose's nursery rhymes are make believe. But wait! That's not the point here. These catchy rhymes have been read to the little kiddies in the nurseries for centuries and have stayed in the backs of their cute little minds. They've grown up to become either a victim, willing to accept abuse, or an attacker willing to dish it out.

 

LITTLE DICKY DILVER

Little Dicky Dilver

Had a wife of silver;

He took a stick and broke her back

And sold her to the miller;

The miller wouldn't have her

So he threw her in the river.

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