Hot Cross Buns
Hot Cross Buns is an English language nursery rhyme, Easter song, and street cry referring to the spiced English bun known as a hot cross bun, which is associated with the end of Lent and is eaten on Good Friday in various countries. It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 13029.
The most common modern version is:
Hot cross buns!
The earliest record of the rhyme is in Christmas Box, published in London in 1798. However, there are earlier references to the rhyme as a street cry in London, for example in the Poor Robin's Almanack for 1733, which noted:
Good Friday comes this month, the old woman runs
With one or two a penny hot cross buns.
- I. Opie and P. Opie, The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (Oxford University Press, 1951, 2nd edn., 1997), p. 197.
- Charles Hindley, History of the Cries of London: Ancient and Modern (Cambridge University Press, 2011). p. 218.