Three Blinde Mice

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Source: Thomas Ravenscroft's Deuteromelia # 13 (1609)

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This is the earliest known version of this still-popular round -- the words are a bit different, but the tune is essentially the same. You can sing it in either a major or minor key; the same tune in minor also appears in Ranvescroft, with different words.

Three Blinde Mice,
three Blinde Mice,
Dame Iulian,      [Iulian = Julian, a woman's name]
Dame Iulian,
The Miller and his merry old Wife,
shee scrapte her tripe licke thou the knife.      [scrapte = scraped, tripe = entrails]

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Greg Lindahl