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Mary, Mary Quite Contrary

Mary, Mary quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells
And cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row

Mary Mary Quite Contrary - History, Origin or Meaning of Lyrics

There are two famous royalties named Mary that are considered in this nursery rhyme. One is Mary Tudor or more famous as Bloody Mary, daughter of King Henry the VIII, who was nicknamed such because of killing and torturing Protestants during her time. The garden are said to be the graveyards while the flowers were torturing and killing instruments. While the other one is Mary Queen of Scotts, who was raised as a Catholic in France only to come back to Scotland to regain her Protestant country. The garden is said to be her Catholic Court; the bell is a Catholic Church bell; the cockle shells symbolizes her infidelity to her second husband who was a protestant; and the maids are her four maids who all have Mary in their first names.

Some more nursery rhymes to enjoy

The Piper and His Cow

There was a piper had a cow,
And he had naught to give her;
He pulled out his pipes and played her a tune,
And bade the cow consider.

The cow considered very well,
And gave the piper a penny,
And bade him play the other tune,
"Corn rigs are bonny."

Origins of Nursery Rhyme Lyrics and Words

Nursery Rhyme lyrics have many different origins and meanings. In most cases the meanings behind nursery rhyme lyrics cannot be verified. A few examples of some more well know nursery rhyme lyrics and their possible meanings are; ‘Baa, Baa, Black sheep’ was thought to originate from the medieval taxes, ‘Humpty Dumpty’ was thought to be a cannon used in the English civil war and ‘London Bridge is Falling Down’ was thought to be related to the burial of children in foundations or Vikings burning wooden bridges. Whatever the meaning behind Nursery Rhyme Lyrics we have enjoyed them in our own childhood along with sharing them with our own children (and it is amazing after many years how quickly the Lyrics to nursery rhymes can still be remembered).


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 Nursery Rhymes

A nursery rhyme is a traditional song or poem taught to young children, originally in the nursery. Learning nursery rhymes lyrics assists in the development of vocabulary and in some cases basic counting skills. It also introduces children to enjoy music. Often actions, movement or dances are associated with these nursery rhymes and children songs.

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