Nursery Rhymes

Bell horses

Bell horses, bell horses
What time of day?
One o'clock, two o'clock
Time to away.


NOTE:  This nursery rhyme was used in the nineteenth century for starting children's races.  On festive occasions, particularly on May Day, the leading pack horse was often decked with bells and was referred to as a "bell-horse".  Bells were also used on coach horses.  In New Zealand, bell-horse was the nickname for a race horse because the trophies offered as prizes were Silver Bells. 

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