Humpty Dumpty Nursery Rhyme

The Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme is a children's rhyme which has a long history of being sung to a simple tune.

No-one is sure how old Humpty Dumpty is but it is generally thought by scholars to have been around for many hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of years.

humpty dumpty nursery rhyme

The problem is that nursery rhymes were passed down orally from parents to their children for many, many years before anyone thought to write them down. 

This is why it's usually not possible to work out exactly how old they are, where they originated or the original wording that was used.

Over the years, new variations appeared, making it even harder to trace the original rhyme.

Here are the words to Humpty Dumpty.

Humpty Dumpty

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.

If you aren't familiar with the tune, you may find this youTube clip helpful.

About Humpty Dumpty

Here are some interesting info about Humpty Dumpty: 

  • the same rhyme exists in many other countries, with Humpty Dumpty being called Thille Lille in Sweden, Boule, boule in France,Lille-Trille in Denmark, Hillerin-Lillerin in Finland, Annebadadeli in Switzerland and Trille Trolle, Etje-Papetje, Wirgele-Wargele, Gigele-Gagele, Runtzelken-Puntzelken and Humpelken-Pumpelken in different parts of Germany;

  • Humpty Dumpty appears in Lewis Carroll's 1871 book 'Through the Looking-Glass', where he says to Alice: 'It's very provoking to be called an egg - very.'

  • the word 'Humpty-Dumpty' appears in the Oxford English Dictionary to describe a boiled ale-and-brandy drink from the end of the seventeenth century;

  • there is a girls' game called Humpty Dumpty which was described by an American writer in 1863. The game involves the players sitting on the ground with their skirts held tightly around their feet. At an agreed signal, they throw themselves backwards and have to recover their balance without letting go of their skirts;

The girls' game is thought to pre-date the rhyme and many people believe it may be where the rhyme originated.

Who knows? 

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