Nursery Rhymes

He that would Thrive

We have placed this Nursery Rhyme, He that would thrive, in our category 'Lost Lyrics of an Old Nursery Rhyme'. Can you help us identify the the place of origin or history of this lesser known children's nursery rhyme?

The word 'thrive' is slowly being lost from the English language. The word derives from the Middle English words thrive or thriven meaning to make steady progress, to prosper and flourish.


He that would Thrive
Nursery Rhyme lyrics, origins and history

He that would thrive
Must rise at five;
He that hath thriven
May lie till seven;
And he that by the plough would thrive,
Himself must either hold or drive.

As I was going up Pippen Hill
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