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For the short story with the same name see: Sing a Song of Sixpence

Sing a Song of Sixpence is a nursery rhyme referenced in three stories by Agatha Christie. In the Miss Marple novel A Pocket Full of Rye, and in the short stories Sing a Song of Sixpence and Four and Twenty Blackbirds.

The rhyme:

Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocket full of rye.
Four and twenty blackbirds,
Baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened,
The birds began to sing;
Wasn't that a dainty dish,
To set before the king?
The king was in his counting house,
Counting out his money;
The queen was in the parlour,
Eating bread and honey.
The maid was in the garden,
Hanging out the clothes;
When down came a blackbird
And pecked off her nose.

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