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Ring a Ring O'Roses,

A pocketful of posies,

Atishoo! Atishoo!

We all fall down!


Many children's Nursery Rhymes have their origins in historical events, more often than not rather unpleasant ones!

I personally find these origins fascinating.


"Ring a Ring O' Roses" is said to be a macabre parody on the horrors of the Great Plague. One of the first signs of the plague was a ring of rose-coloured spots, and the protection against this terrible disease was, in popular belief, a posy of herbs. Sneezing was taken as a sure sign that you were about to die of it, and the last line "We all fall down" omits the word, "dead"!


Fondant iced with sugar(gum)paste roses.

Made Explore 24.02.2008

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Taken on February 24, 2008