Ring a Ring O'Roses,
A pocketful of posies,
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