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Who saw him die? — 4 Comments

  1. I had forgotten that little verse, it is very sombre. Maybe the event you had to preside over bought it all back. I’m glad the prayers banished Cock Robin.

  2. It’s not any particular funeral – I haven’t had a funeral for three weeks – the bell tolling bull comes back each time.

  3. When the words were penned I do not know, but I put it on a level with Grimms fairy tales such as Hansell and Grettel (excuse spelling), I have often wondered why children were taught these not very nice stories and rhymes alongside many other stories of a similar type

  4. One of you earlier posts had brought back the poem:

    As I was going up the stair,
    I saw a man who wasn’t there,
    He wasn’t there again today,
    I wish, I wish he’d go away.

    Now this post has reminded me again. It used to frighten me when I was small. Probably because I couldn’t get my head round it or thought of ghosts. This is one that sends shivers down my spine. I didn’t like ‘Who killed Cock Robin?’ either. I recognised it immediately from the ‘I siad the fly…’ There are lots of not very nice so called nursery rhymes out there. Some were meant to teach children but the lessons have been lost in the mists of time and all that is left are sad or scary rhymes.

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