“I Love Sixpence”


"I love sixpence," spend a penny, lend a penny, and take fourpence home to the wife. The singer repeats the process with fourpence and twopence. With nothing left he says "I have nothing, I spend nothing, I love nothing better than my wife"


  1. Opie-Oxford2 480, "I love sixpence, jolly little sixpence" (1 text)
  2. Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #113, pp. 93-95, "(I love sixpence, a jolly, jolly sixpence)"
  3. Roud #1116
  4. BI, OO2480


Alternate titles: “The Jolly Tester”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1810 (Gammar Gurton's Garland, according to Opie-Oxford2)