Baby Songs Ring Around the Rosie

Popular Nursery Rhymes Lyrics

The words of this poem had a very serious origin in English history. However, the fact is that the dates when it was developed are not well documented. However, it is believed that it was developed during the bubonic plague which happened in 1665 (the great plague of London). Others believe that it was developed even before the first plague hit London in the 13000s. There were very many consequences of the plagues some of which are associated with the nursery rhyme.  For instance, the shape of the ring on the skin was associated with it. Others associate it with the great fire of 1666 where rats were killed and carried waterborne diseases to many people in London.

 

Ring Around the Rosy (Roses) Lyrics

 

Common British versions include:

Ring-a-ring o’ roses,
A pocket full of posies,
A-tishoo! A-tishoo!
We all fall down.

Sometimes in Britain, this version is used:
Ring-a-ring o’ roses,
A pocket full of posies,
A-tishoo! A-tishoo!
We all fall down.
Fishies in the water,
Fishies in the sea,
We all jump up,
With a 1-2-3!

Common American versions include:

Ring-a-round the rosie,
A pocket full of posies,
Ashes! Ashes!
We all fall down.

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