A nursery rhyme. Its first stanza reads:
Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he;
He called for his pipe and he called for his bowl,
And he called for his fiddlers three.
Peter could be counted on to understand and meet any emergency that might arise, while old king cole would be kept content.
old king cole, will you have your three fiddlers play for the dance?
She might have chanted “old king cole” and reaped a houseful of applause.
old king cole was a jolly old soul, And a jolly old soul was he.
In fact, Lear might begin like an old king cole, "a merry old soul," a "jolly old cock!"
It was the moment when, like old king cole, he called for his pipe.
It will do old king cole just as much good and keep him much happier.
I have heard him singing “old king cole” and half a dozen more songs, all mixed up in a heap, after a hunt-supper.
Beside it was a celluloid rhinoceros; tight in his hand a torn picture of old king cole.
old king cole did not forget the donkey that had been his constant companion for so long.