Old mother Twitchett

This nursery rhyme and riddle was first recorded in England in the 19th century.

Below you will find the most popular version of the riddle as well as a more recent version.


This is a variation of the riddle titled “Old Mother Needle” and it was published this way in A History of Nursery Rhymes by Percy B. Green in 1899.

Old mother needle had but one eye,
A very long tail which she let fly,
Every time she went through a gap
She left a bit of her tail in the trap.

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