Ring Around the Rosie (Nursery Rhyme)

Ring Around the Rosie Basic Facts:
  • "Ring Around the Rosie" is simple a nursery rhyme of indefinite origin and with no specific meaning.
  • It is believed that someone much later invented the "explanation" that it may be a description about the plague.
Black Death or Great Plague as origin of the "Ring Around the Rosie" Rhyme:
  • Folklore scholars regard the bubonic plague theory as baseless.
  • The plague explanation has only been produced in recent times.
  • The symptoms in the rhyme do not specifically fit the Great Plague or Black Death.
  • In view of the large number of versions (forms) of the rhyme it is very unlikely that the modern form is similar to the ancient form.
  • The mention of 'fall' is not a literal falling down, but a bending movement, which was common in other dramatic singing games & rhymes.
Versions of the Nursery Rhyme include:
Ring a ring a rosie,
A bottle full of posie,
All the girls in our town,
Ring for little Josie.

Round the ring of roses,
Pots full of posies,
The one stoops the last
Shall tell whom she loves the best.

Ring-a-ring o' roses,
A pocket full of posies,
One for Jack, and one for Jim,
And one for little Moses.
A-tischa! A-tischa! A-tischa!

Ring, a ring o' roses,
A pocket full o' posies,
Up-stairs and down-stairs,
In my lady's chamber —
Husher! Husher! Cuckoo!

A pocket full of posies;
Hush! hush! hush! hush!
We’re all tumbled down.

A ring, a ring o' roses,
A pocket full o’posies-
Atch chew! atch chew!

Ring a-ring o' roses,
A pocketful of posies.
a-tissue!, a-tissue!.
We all fall down.

Ring around the rosey,
A pocketful of posies.
ashes, ashes.
We all fall down!.

Ring a ring a rosey
A pocketful of posies
a tissue, a tissue.
We all fall down.

Ring-a Ring-a roses,
Pocket full of poses.
Husha, Busha.
We all fall down.

Ring around the rosey,
Pocket full of posies.
Upstairs, downstairs.
We all fall down.

Picking up the roses,
picking up the roses,
Atishoo!, Atishoo!
We all jump up.

Picking up the daises,
picking up the daises,
Atishoo!, Atishoo!
We all jump up.

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