“The Little Chimney Sweep”


A chimney sweep steals the child while his mother spins. After three years, the child is not found. The sweep returns and is hired by the woman; when his boy appears, she recognizes him. Women are warned to keep their children close at hand


The resemblance of this song to "The Little Lost Child" (composed 1894) is sufficient that I strongly suspect the author of the latter was familiar with "The Little Chimney Sweep", also known as "The Lost Child Found." According to MacColl & Seeger, it was quite popular among 19th-century broadside printers. - PJS

Cross references


  1. MacSeegTrav 124, "The Little Chimney Sweep" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #1549
  3. BI, McCST124


Author: Unknown, possibly a Mr. Upton
Earliest date: 1962 (collected from William Hughes) -- but a broadside in the Madden collection, possibly called "The Lost Child Found", long predates it
Found in: Britain(England)