пятница, 6 апреля 2012 г.

Hot cross buns - Popular Nursery Rhyme

"Hot Cross Buns" is an English language nursery rhyme, Easter song and street cry referring to the spiced English bun associated with Good Friday known as a Hot Cross Bun.

The most common modern version is:
Hot Cross Buns
Hot cross buns!
Hot cross buns!
One ha' penny, two ha' penny,
Hot cross buns!
If you have no daughters,
Give them to your sons
One ha' penny,
Two ha' penny,
Hot Cross Buns!

The earliest record of the rhyme is in Christmas Box, published in London in 1798. However, there are earlier references to the rhyme as a street cry, for example in Poor Robin's Almanack for 1733, which noted:

Good Friday come this month, the old woman runs
 With one or two a penny hot cross buns.

The simple version features a 3-note descending stepwise sequence; the original features the distinctive falling octave on the dominant. The version current in North Yorkshire has this tune:

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