He that lies at the stock

Melody -

He that lies at the stock
Shall have a gold rock;
He that lies at the wall
Shall have a gold ball;
He that lies in the middle
Shall have a gold fiddle.

Rhyme for inducing children to settle down for the night in the days when everybody, from king to kitchenmaid, slept more than one to a bed. The stock is the outer rail of the bedstead, described by Oliver Goldsmith as the place of honour.

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