Slow and steady

Moving slowly through the UK countryside

One misty moisty morning


One fristy frosty morning,

When cloudy was the weather,

There I met an old man

All clothed in leather.

All clothed in leather,

With a cap on his head…

But what came next?  Well, that’s what I had in mind as I went to work this morning, with a heavy frost on the fields, and misty fogginess in the air.  But I couldn’t remember the ending.  Googling turned up various versions (though I’d converted ‘misty moisty’ into ‘fristy frosty’, and ‘Clothed all in leather’ to ‘All clothed in leather’ – presumably that’s how oral traditions come to have so many variants).  I don’t think my version ever had lines 5 and 6 below though.  A Steeleye Span version mentions a cap under his chin (which seems a strange place to keep it).

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I stopped the car to admire the frozen scenery and the sight of the sun rising on my left, and the moon still hanging in the sky on my right.

Sunrise on the left, moon still visible on the right (if you look hard)

Sunrise on the left, moon still visible on the right, just past 3/4 of the way across (very tiny)


Author: Hedwigia

Gardener, wildlife geek, and very slow runner.

3 thoughts on “One misty moisty morning

  1. he began to compliment
    and I began to grin (or something)
    how do you do, and how do you do
    and how do you do again?

  2. also, I always knew it as ‘One misty, moisty morning’

  3. This morning was beautiful. I`m not familiar with that verse, but your picture reminds me of the Auden one “what is life if full of care/we have no time to stand and stare” Or something like that!

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