Oranges and Lemons Nursery Rhyme- Lyrics, Video, and Printable

Oranges and Lemons is an ancient English nursery rhyme and singing game about the church bells. The song dates back to at least 1744 when the first printed version appeared. It is a conversation between the church bells, making for interesting reading for children.

Lyrics for Oranges and Lemons

Oranges and lemons
Say the bells of St. Clements
I owe you five farthings
Say the bells of St. Martins
When will you pay me?
Say the bells at Old Bailey
When I grow rich
Say the bells at Shoreditch
When will that be?
Say the bells of Stepney
I’m sure I don’t know
Says the great bell of Bow

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