Pease Porridge Hot

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"Pease Porridge Hot" or "Pease Pudding Hot" (also known as "Peas Porridge Hot") is a children's singing game and nursery rhyme. It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 19631.


The lyrics to the rhyme are:
Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold,
Pease porridge in the pot, nine days old;
Some like it hot, some like it cold,
Some like it in the pot, nine days old.I. Opie and P. Opie, The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (Oxford University Press, 1951, 2nd edn., 1997), p. 345.


The origins of this rhyme are unknown. The name refers to a type of porridge made from peas, pease pudding, also known as pease pottage (in Middle English). ("Pease" was treated as a mass noun, similar to "oatmeal" and the singular "pea" and plural "peas" arose by back-formation.)

The earliest recorded version of Pease Porridge Hot is a riddle found in John Newbery's Mother Goose's Melody (c. 1760).
Pease Porridge hot,
:Pease Porridge cold,
Pease Porridge in the Pot
:Nine Days old,
Spell me that in four Letters?
:I will, T<small>HAT</small>.Whitmore, The Original Mother Goose's Melody, No. 41.

Where the terms "pease pudding" and "pease pottage" are used, the lyrics of the rhyme are altered accordingly.

The game

Schoolchildren often play Pease Porridge Hot by pairing off and clapping their hands...
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