We all have been reciting these Nursery Rhymes to our siblings or children, but ever wandered what is the hidden meaning of these nursery rhymes? Lets know them now!
Baa Baa Black Sheep
It is about the medieval wool tax, enforced in the 13thcentury by the King Edward I. With the new rules, one-third of the cost of the sack wool went to him, one-third went to the church, and the rest went to the farmer. Black sheep were also considered to be bad luck for the reason that their fleeces, not able to be dyed, were less profitable for the farmer.
Ring a Ring o’ Roses
It originated during the Great Plague of 1665 in London. The “rosie” was the foul rash that formed on the skin of the bubonic plague victim, the stink of which then required concealment with a “pocket full of posies.” The bubonic plague killed 15% of Britain’s population, a fact which is referenced in the song: “atishoo, atishoo, we all fall down.”
It is also about 16th Century Catholics in Protestant England and the priests who were burned at the stake for their religious beliefs.
Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
It is developed according to historian RS Duncan, at Wakefield Prison in England, where female inmates were obligated to exercise about a mulberry tree within the prison yard.
Little Jack Horner
Horner was a steward who was deputized to deliver a large pie to Henry VIII concealing deeds to a number of manors, a bribe from a Catholic abbot hoping to save his monastery from the king’s anti-Catholic crusade. Horner ended up with one of the manors for himself, and it’s believed by many that he reached into the pie and helped himself to a deed, though his descendants have insisted that he paid for the property fair and square.