EWNM - EssayWritersNear.Me
Nursery Rhymes arrow List of Rhymes arrow Ring a Ring O Roses
Ring a Ring O Roses

Ring a ring o'roses
A pocketful of posies
We all fall down.

The King has sent his daughter
To fetch a pail of water
ah-tishoo, ah-tishoo
We all fall down.

The bird upon the steeple
Sits high above the people
ah-tishoo, ah-tishoo
We all fall down.

The cows are in the meadow
Lying fast asleep
ah-tishoo, ah-tishoo
We all get up again.


A popular myth is that the rhyme commemorates the Great Plague of London in 1665, or possibly early outbreaks of bubonic beset in England. However, this is improbable. This implies an ancestry as early as the 14th century for the song, but this is potential simply if it were recited for centuries without being written downward (as it first appeared in print in the later 19th century. In this "beset" version, the  verse refers to the rounded crimson rash that would the victims. It can too relate to when a dark gang was 'branded' on contaminated individual's correct weapon. The second verse "pouch complete of posies" would get been a pouch in the garment of a victim filled with something fragrant, such as flowers that aimed to hide the odor from the sores and the dying folk.

A second potential account for this cable is that it referred to the supposed notion that fresh-smelling flowers, nosegays, and pomanders would purify the atmosphere around them. "Ring a Ring O'Roses" or "Ring Around the Rosey" is a verse or children's song and game that first appeared in print in 1881 but may get been recited as early as the 1790s. The moment the verse was suggested to be seems to be in 1961, James Leasor's script The Plague and the Fire. However, it is not clear-cut whether Leasor concocted the version on his own. The verse was first published in Kate Greenaway's Mother Goose or The Old Nursery Rhymes (1881), centuries after the plague swept Europe; and there is no evidence of an early edition. Further, many earlier versions of the verse exclude the lines used to back the Plague hypothesis. Because of this, some have suspected this hypothesis to be untrue.

< Prev   Next >