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Now, Don’t Be Egging Me On
On the subject of nursery rhymes: hmmm!
The other night we were settled into our respective easy chairs watching some dreadful police show, one in which the victims were chopped up and reassembled like Frankenstein. Really! Where does this stuff come from?
In the dialog an officer referred to Humpty Dumpty. He suggested he was not an egg.
How is that!? What comes to your mind when you think of the nursery rhyme?
These look pretty egg-like. They sort of fit my concept of old HD.
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.
Actually the verse doesn’t tell us too much about HD. There is not a lot to go on.
So I did some checking to learn more. Wikipedia suggests an alternate reality. It states that “Humpty Dumpty was a “tortoise” siege engine, an armoured frame, used unsuccessfully to approach the walls of the Parliamentary held city of Gloucester in 1643 during the Siege of Gloucester in the English Civil War.”
“. . . the Colchester tourist board attributed the origin of the rhyme to a cannon recorded as used from the church of St Mary-at-the-Wall by the Royalist defenders in the siege of 1648. In 1648, Colchester was a walled town with a castle and several churches and was protected by the city wall. The story given was that a large cannon, which . . . was colloquially called Humpty Dumpty, was strategically placed on the wall. A shot from a Parliamentary cannon succeeded in damaging the wall beneath Humpty Dumpty which caused the cannon to tumble to the ground. The Royalists (or Cavaliers, “all the King’s men”) attempted to raise Humpty Dumpty on to another part of the wall, but the cannon was so heavy that “All the King’s horses and all the King’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again”.
Somehow I like the children’s version better.
A note of caution, don’t check out the meaning of Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary.
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