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“Songs of a Little Child’s Day”
At the Farm

"Riddle-Cum-Riddle" Lyrics, Text Format

Introducing the dotted quarter and dotted eighth notes.



  • Grade: First
  • Origin: Emilie Poulsson, Eleanor Smith
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 6/8
  • Form: AABCD
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ti ti ti ti ti ti | ti ti ti ta/ |
    | ti/ ri ti ti ti ti | ti/ ri ti ta ti |
  • Pitches: intermediate: Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti
  • Intervals: intermediate: Do/Mi, Re/Fa, Fa\Re, Mi/So, So\Mi, Mi\Do, Do/Mi, Do/La, So\Mi\Do ascending tonic triad
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, dotted eighth, eighth, sixteenth; tempo: con moto/with motion; poco ritardando, dynamics: mezzo forte/medium soft, forte/loud, decrescendo, horizontal accent (sing/play the note a little louder)
  • Key Words: riddle songs, nonsense songs, farm life, milking cows, turning milk to cream, turning cream to butter, animal science, quarts, cream, twenty, plenty, pleasure, exchange, fresh, golden, damsel, strange


Riddle-cum-riddle, and what do you think?
Ten quarts of cream and ten more at one drink.
Ten quarts or twenty, and when she has plenty
She dances with pleasure and gives in exchange
Some fresh golden butter, this damsel so strange.

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