Popular Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes Starting with 'H'

Hark Hark the Dogs Do Bark

This nursery rhyme has a lot of history. It dates back to the thirteenth century in England. It was a common one among the beggars who sang it even with their rags attires. It was basically a reflection song as they sang it while moving from one town to another. It was a nice way of spreading the propaganda of the day too. In addition, the story tellers on early England used to use the nursery rhymes as they told their stories. It was assumed that this made it have a touch of style in it. Another time when it was used was during outbreaks such as that of the bubonic plaque. The dogs that used to bark during this period alerted the people of the situation. This is why it was called Hark Hark the Dogs Do Bark.


Here’s the Church

It’s no doubt that the architecture of traditional European churches and cathedrals was amazing. In fact, many of the traditional churches still are very amazing to the skyline of major cities in England. It is believed that ‘Here’s the Church’ came up when a new church was constructed. It is also believed that children used to sing it during their Sunday classes depicting the beauty of the church.


Hey Diddle Diddle

Shakespeare being one of the most prominent writers of all time developed the term ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’. He used it in some of his early poems. Though it is not known when he developed it first, the first time it was noted was in 1765. It should be noted that the term Hey was not the original one. In fact, the original one was high but it was replaced by hey as the changes in English language continued.


Hickory Dickory Dock

The history of this poem is not known well. However, it was noted on the year 1744. While many people believe that its origin was in England, many historians believe that the words used are from the United States. Hickory Dickory also known as Hickory, Dickory Doc. This was not a very serious poem and it is actually known for its nonsense. Basically, it has no deep meaning as the children are introduced to telling time. They mimic the sound of the clock ticking and then do it in form of a song.


Horsey Horsey

Onomatopoeia is basically a word that sounds like its meaning. In this situation, the lyrics of the song usually introduce the child to the use of onomatopoeia. The history of this too is not well known but its use is common to date. The sound Horsey Horsey usually depicts to the sound that a horse could make. As a result, the name horse and its sound horsey are a bit similar. This has been used in many books and television programs that target children such as Batman and Robin. In the poem Horsey Horsey, another term that is used is Giddy up which has been in use for a long period of time in England among the horse riders.


Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns are basically small cakes that are very fruity and spicy. As seen in the picture of the Hot Cross Buns, the buns are usually decorated with a white cross which makes it look unique. The history of these buns is very long and has been enjoyed in England for a long time. The movie, Oliver was one of the most common movies and was based by the novel by Charles Dickens. The movie used Hot Cross Buns a lot. They are mostly used during Easter for their religious significance. This is during the remembrance of the birth and death of Jesus Christ.


Hush a Bye Baby

While many common nursery rhymes came from England, Hush a Bye Baby came from America. This was following the common practice of the original Americans to place a baby in a branch of trees. This was to give them time to tend to their farms. Also, this was to give the children some time to be cool as the wind blew. The words were first used in 1765. It is used in modern day as a lullaby to make the child sleep. This has also been used in modern day songs.


Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush

Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush is also known as “Mulberry Bush” and originated around 1850 in England.


Hickory, Dickory, Dock

Hickory, Dickory, Dock originated around 1744 in England.


How Many Miles to Babylon

How Many Miles to Babylon originated in Scotland around 1801.


Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty originated around 1797 in Britain and is a possible reference to Richard III of England or Cardinal Wolsey.

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