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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

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The Jumblies

They went to sea in a sieve, they did;
In a sieve they went to sea:
In spite of all their friends could say,
On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
In a sieve they went to sea.

And when the sieve turned round and round,
And every one cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
They called out aloud, "Our sieve isn't big;
But we don't care a button; we don't care a fig:
In a sieve we'll go to sea."

Far and few, far and few,
Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
Their heads are green, and their hands are blue;
And they went to sea in a sieve.

They sailed away in a sieve, they did,
In a sieve they sailed so fast,
With only a beautiful pea-green veil
Tied with a ribbon, by way of a sail,
To a small tobacco-pipe mast.

And every one said who saw them go,
"Oh, won't they be soon upset, you know?
For the sky is dark, and the voyage is long;
And, happen what may, it's extremely wrong
In a sieve to sail so fast."

Far and few, far and few,
Are the lands where the Jum

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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