"Little Bo Peep"
Background Information

c. 1805

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"Little Bo Peep", also known as "Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep", is a English language nursery rhyme featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time.

Traditional versesEdit

There are many variations to the rhyme. The most common modern version is:

Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep,
And doesn't know where to find them;
Leave them alone, And they'll come home,
Wagging their tails behind them.

The following additional verses are often added to the rhyme:

Little and asleep,
And dreamt she heard them bleating;
But when she awoke, she found it a joke,
For they were still a-fleeting.
Then up she took her little crook,
Determined for to find them;
She found them indeed, but it made her heart bleed,
For they'd left their tails behind them.
It happened one day, as Bo-peep did stray
Into a meadow hard by,
There she espied their tails side by side,
All hung on a tree to dry.
She heaved a sigh and wiped her eye,
And over the hillocks went rambling,
And tried what she could, as a shepherdess should,
To tack each again to its lambkin.

Show AdaptationEdit

  • Contrary to the naïve young girl in the rhyme, Bo Peep is depicted as a tyrannical warlord who extorts money from the shepherds living on her land, using the magical powers of her shepherd's crook to intimidate her enemies and force them into slavery if they fail to comply.

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