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George Monck

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Little General Monck
Sat upon a trunk,
Eating a crust of bread;
There fell a hot coal
And burnt in his clothes a hole,
Now little General Monck is dead.
Nursery rhyme; The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (2nd ed. 1997), pp365-6

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