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Forgotten nursery rhyme

Anyone else know this one?


When I was a child my dad used to recite this delightful and whimsical nursery rhyme:

 

WESTMINSTER BRIDGE

As I was walking on Westminster Bridge

One Wednesday afternoon

A man in a bus, he made a great fuss

And said: "Too late! Too soon!"

"Too late and too soon for what?" I cried

On Westminster Bridge, "You Loon!"

"Too late," he replied, "For the turn of the tide"

"Too soon for the rise of the moon."

 

This sounds like the sort of rhyme that might date back to Victorian times, but I believe it was in fact an entry for a competition in the New Statesman, maybe in the 1950s.  I have never met anyone outside my own family who has heard it, and my search for it on Google drew a blank, which suggests that perhaps it has completely disappeared from public consciousness.

These days, the web, and particularly Google, is becoming the depository of human knowledge, so that's why this blog is dedicated to the Westminster Bridge nursery rhyme, to save it for posterity (or for a few years, at least).