7 Original Stories of Nursery Rhymes
We grew up listening to these nursery rhymes. Are they as innocent as they seem? Surely…..not
In the middle ages i.e.. 5th to the 15th centuries, most of the population was illiterate. Spreading news across the region took months! No one wants stale or cooked news right?
The best way to spread news quickly and make sure that everyone understood it, was to rhyme the news. Rhyming words used along with repetition and onomatopoeia helped people remember these jingles.
Over time some of these nursery rhymes were sung for and by innocent young children. Most parents do not know the really gruesome and unbelievable stories behind these rhymes.
Here is a list of 7 Original Stories of Nursery Rhymes
Rain Rain Go Away
In the 1580s, King Philip II of Spain decided to invade England. He sent his ships across to capture the country once and for all. The Spanish and English naval forces clashed at Gravelines, on the coast of France. The Spanish Navy was famously dubbed the “Invincible Armada’ and outnumbered the English ships.
As luck would it, the sea wind changed course after 8 hours of ferocious battle. The Spanish Armada had to retreat. They endured such a horrible plight that hardly any ships reached back home to Spain.
This victorious incident for the English spread like wildfire in the form of rhymes. Their victory is still sung today, every time it rains-
Rain Rain Go Away
Come Again Another Day
Little Johnny Wants to Play.
Rain Rain Go To Spain
Never Show Your Face Again!
Jack and Jill
This seemingly cute little nursery rhyme is more sinister than you ever thought. Naive children might laugh at Jack breaking his crown but there’s nothing funny about it.
The Jack and Jill poem finds its roots in France around the 1790s. The reign of terror (before the French Revolution) or so it was called, would finally be put to an end in 1793 owing to the Revolution. King Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette were captured.
In 1793, Jack and Jill were finally sent up the hill to fetch a pail of water. ‘Jack’ or King Louis XVI, was guillotined and thus he famously ‘lost his crown.’ His wife, Jill (Marie Antoinette) soon followed later loosing her crown as well!
No laughing matter, is it?
Jack and Jill Went Up the Hill
To Fetch a Pail of Water
Jack fell down and broke his crown
Jill Came Tumbling After
The origin of the Humpty Dumpty rhyme is not quiet known. There are a number of theories as to what this poem is about.
The most agreeable story is about a heavy canon in the city of Colchester in England.
During the Second English Civil War in the 17th century, Colchester was under siege. The St. Mary’s By the Wall church had a heavy canon called Humpty Dumpty. A man named ‘One-Eyed Jack Thompson’ fired at the Church and destroyed its ‘great wall.’ The canon came crashing down with the top half of the church structure. This heavy canon seems to have been broken so badly that it couldn’t be fixed up again.
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,Humpty Dumpty had a great fall;All the king’s horses and all the king’s menCouldn’t put Humpty together again.
The Royal Platinum Wedding Anniversary Special-
Ring A Ring O’ Roses
Ring a-ring o’ roses,
A pocketful of posies.
We all fall down!