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|gossipgirlkis||Sing a Song of Sixpence Analysis||1||Nov 3 2011, 12:23 AM EDT by Imponthenet|
Thread started: Oct 9 2011, 3:10 PM EDT Watch
I have been researching Elizabeth of York lately and have stumbled upon the nursery rhyme Sing a Song of Sixpence. Lyrics Posted Below:
Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocket full of rye.
Four and twenty blackbirds,
Baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened,
The birds began to sing,
Wasn't that a dainty dish,
To set before the king?
The king was in his counting house,
Counting out his money;
The queen was in the parlour,
Eating bread and honey.
The maid was in the garden,
Hanging out the clothes;
When down came the blackbird
And pecked off her nose.
In some versions there is an additional verse:
They send for the king's doctor,
who sewed it on again;
He sewed it on so neatly,
the seam was never seen.
There was such a commotion,
that the little Jenny wren;
Flew down into the garden,
and put it back again.
Some say this song is about the hours of the day, the king being the sun and the queen the moon and the blackbirds the 24 hours of the day. Others say that the king is Henry VII who is known to be careful with his money so he is counting in the counting house and that the queen is Elizabeth of York.
But another theory is that the king is Henry VIII, the queen is Katherine of Aragon, and the maid is Anne Boleyn.
I think the last theory is the best. The four and twenty blackbirds could be tied to the Reformation and the printing of the bible in English with twenty four letters. Maybe the king counting his money in the counting house could mean Henry VIII with the wealth he gathered after the dissolution of the monasteries. Maybe the queen eating milk and honey in the parlour could be a jest at KOA because she was a bit overweight after her many failed pregnancies. The bird clipping off Anne Boleyn's nose symbolizing her being beheaded? What do you think?
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|ladyinwaiting1986||Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater (page: 1 2)||21||Aug 22 2011, 2:29 PM EDT by freya9|
Thread started: May 1 2009, 11:15 PM EDT Watch
Now that I think of it, the rhym: Peter Peter Pumkin eater, had a wife and couldn't keep her. He put her in a pumpkin shell, and there he kept her very well. Reminds me of Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves. But I think that is more of a coisidence.
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|butterflyfunkychic||Nursery Rhymes||0||Mar 23 2010, 2:08 AM EDT by butterflyfunkychic|
|desilee||This Page?||3||Dec 20 2008, 12:45 PM EST by offwithherhead|
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Offwithherhead did you do this page? I am very impressed you did a awsome job! i love it.
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|OisinMacFionn||Little Jack Horner||6||Nov 23 2008, 11:24 AM EST by queen_elizabeth_1533|
Thread started: Nov 13 2008, 6:30 PM EST Watch
Little Jack Horner sat in his corner - we've all heard that as children
Jack however was a real historical character, steward to the Abbot of Glasronbury. At the dissolution, he managed to get hold of several deeds, including the deeds of the manor of Mells in Somerset and presented them all to Henry. As a reward, he was given the manor.
He stuck in his thumb and pulled out a plum.....
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