I Had a Little Nut Tree Nursery Rhyme Lyrics, Video, and Printable

I Had a Little Nut Tree is a traditional English nursery rhyme popular among children for generations.

Its origins are unclear, but it dates back to the 18th century and has been passed down through oral tradition.

The rhyme tells the story of a child with a special nut tree that bears only a silver nutmeg and a golden pear.

When the King of Spain’s daughter visits, she asks for the nut tree and the golden pear.

In awe of the princess’ beauty, the child agrees to give her all the fruit from the tree.

Lyrics for I Had a Little Nut Tree

I had a little nut tree,
Nothing would it bear
But a silver nutmeg,
And a golden pear;

The King of Spain’s daughter
Came to visit me,
And all for the sake
Of my little nut tree

Her dress was made of crimson,
Jet black was her hair,
She asked me for my nut tree
And my golden pear.

I said, ‘So fair a princess
Never did I see,
I’ll give you all the fruit
From my little nut tree.

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