The Grand Old Duke Of York

The Grand Old Duke Of York

Oh, The grand old Duke of York, 
He had ten thousand men; 
He marched them up to the top of the hill, 
And he marched them down again. 

And when they were up, they were up, 
And when they were down, they were down, 
And when they were only half-way up, 
They were neither up nor down. 

Hints and Tips:

  • "Act out" the rhyme by standing up, sitting down, and standing halfway up at the appropriate points in the verse. Sometimes the audience may be asked not to say various words in the poem, for example; they may be asked not to say 'up' and 'down'. The idea is to catch out the participants.
  • Poster for this nursery rhyme can be found in the Printables section on this site. See: Rhymes Posters

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Last modified on Friday, November 20, 2015
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