Rhymes About Kings and Queens

The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings. — Robert Louis Stevenson

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Rhymes for Sleepy People

The scholars Iona and Peter Opie credit a young woman named Sarah Catherine Martin for introducing the idea of  nursery rhymes as printed literature. In 1805, she put together an illustrated booklet called The Comic Adventures of Old Mother Hubbard and her Dog. Adults and children have been enjoying the genre ever since.

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Singable Nursery Rhymes

“A large proportion of so-called nursery rhymes are songs or snatches of songs, which are preserved also as broadsides, or appeared in printed form in early song-books. . .Many songs are preserved in a number of variations, for popular songs are in a continual state of transformation.” — Lina Eckenstein, 1906.

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