Saturday, October 3, 2009

Marveling With Mother Goose

THE RHYME: Goosey Goosey Gander

Goosey Goosey Gander where shall I wander,
Upstairs, downstairs and in my lady's chamber
There I met an old man who wouldn't say his prayers,
I took him by the left leg and threw him down the stairs.

Again with the violence! I'm thinking this one originated around the time that good ole' King Henry VIII was trying to overthrow the Catholic Church. Not quite sure what the goose reference is just yet but I'm sure the old man not saying his prayers and the violence that ensues has to do with denying the Catholic religion.

Let's see shall we...
So I visited my go-to site and this is what I found out.

The Lady's chamber refers to a woman of high society who has her own room. The basis of this rhyme possibly date back to the 16th century and refer to Catholic priests hiding in "Priest Holes" or secret chambers to avoid persecution from Protestants. If these practicing priests were caught they would be killed, along with anyone that was hiding them. The moral being that if your didn't say your prayers, your Protestant prayers- thus revealing your devotion to the Catholic faith, great harm would come your way.

Interesting. I feel that perhaps we should try inventing new rhymes.

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