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If wishes were horses, beggars would ride
The first recognizable ancestor of the rhyme was recorded in William Camden 's — Remaines of a Greater Worke, Concerning Britaine, printed in , which contained the lines: "If wishes were thrushes beggars would eat birds". Lyrics Common newer versions include: If wishes were horses, beggars would ride. If turnips were watches, I'd wear one by my side. If "if's" and "and's" were pots and pans, There'd be no work for tinkers' hands. If turnips were bayonets, I'd wear one by my side. The title is derived from the proverb "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride".
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The first known reference to this saying is in Proverbs in Scots , collected and arranged by James Carmichaell: And wishes were horses pure [poor] men wald ryde. The date of this book is unclear but Carmichaell died in and it is believed the collection was published during his life. Other variations on this expression can be found such as "if wishes were thrushes beggars would eat," in Remaines of a Greater Worke, Concerning Britaine published by William Camden. Camden lived from so would have recorded this variation in the same general time frame as Carmichaell. What you may not know is the full nursery rhyme as recorded by James Orchard Halliwell around If wishes were horses Beggars would ride: If turnips were watches I would wear one by my side. It's also compulsively readable. A heartwarming memoir of motherhood and adoption told through an African American lens.
Your friend must have spent a small fortune taking you and your friends there. The expression is mostly used in informal contexts. She paid a lot of money for it. The young couple is planning to visit several countries during the summer holidays. The trip is going to cost them a small fortune. We could go there You need to actually work for them.