19th century songs for little children

I keep going back to Project Gutenberg’s e-books to discover the new treasures regularly added to their collection.

Take, for example, this 1883 French book of children’s songs – Vieilles chansons pour les petits enfants.

The better known Frère Jacques and Sur le pont d’Avignon are included in the selection of over 30 songs.  I’ve selected three of the rhyme illustrations.  The original book would be wonderful to see as many of the images were coloured wood engravings. The first is a simple rhyme about a dance in single file. The second is about a mean person in possession of good quality snuff (ground tobacco leaves) and not sharing it.  The third is a sad tale of Michael’s mother who lost her cat only to discover that it has been kidnapped and sold for a rabbit.

Vieilles chansons pour les petits enfantsLa queueJ'ai du bon tabacLa Mere Michel

The Project Gutenberg EBook of Vieilles chansons pour les petits enfants, by 
Charles Marie Widor

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Title: Vieilles chansons pour les petits enfants
       avec accompagnements de Ch. M. Widor

Author: Charles Marie Widor

Illustrator: Louis Maurice Boutet de Monvel

One Comment on “19th century songs for little children”

  1. Julia Pferdehirt says:

    I am looking for the lyrics to a late 19th or early 20th century children’s song “Miss snowflake had a Party”….I know some of the lyrics “miss snowflake had a party, out in the fields one night. So many were invited and all came dress in white. Each rode on a tiny carriage made up of a tiny breeze. And floated softly, gently down, with most delightful east.”

    My apologies for the late response to this, Julia. I’ve checked a number of my regular sources and haven’t been able to find this song. Will keep looking from time to time to see if it emerges in newly digitised children’s books.


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