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Ring a Ring of Roses

Ring-a-ring o' roses,
A pocket full of posies,
A-tishoo, a-tishoo!
We all fall down.

Mummy in the teapot,
Daddy in the cup,
Baby in the saucer,
We all jump up.

Ring-a-ring o' roses,
A pocket full of posies,
A-tishoo, a-tishoo!
We all fall down.

The cows are in the meadow,
Eating buttercups,
A-tishoo, a-tishoo!
We all jump up.

Ring a Ring of Roses - History, Origin or Meaning of Lyrics

Note: Other title variations include ring a ring o’ roses and ring a ring o’ rosies

This nursery rhyme that became a popular children’s game was derived from the great plagues of England (1300 and 1600). The plague came from rat fleas carrying rod-shaped bacteria unintentionally or unknowingly brought by Chinese traders. The roses are the red rashes, the posies are the flower pouches people carried with them in their belief that these would ward of both the smell and the disease in the air, the tissue symbolizes the heavy sneezing (ashes are the burning of dead bodies), and falling down pertains to the multitude of deaths

Some more nursery rhymes to enjoy

The Owl and the Pussy Cat


The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.

The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
'O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
You are,
You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!'

Pussy said to the Owl, 'You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?'

They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-tree grows,
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose,
His nose,
His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

'Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?' Said the Piggy, 'I will.'
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.

They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon

The Owl And The Pussy Cat - History, Origin or Meaning of Lyrics

This conventional children’s poem was authored by Edward Lear in the early 1800s. However, a lot of historians consider this as one of his nonsense poems written for the three year old daughter of his poet friend, John Symonds. In the word 'runcible spoon' that have been debated for its meaning, it turns out that the word runcible is actually one of Lear’s famous nonsense invented words that he used quite much in his works.


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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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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