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Humpty Dumpty

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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
  Cannot put Humpty Dumpty together again.

Source: The Real Mother Goose, published in 1916 by Rand McNally & Co.



Variations of Humpty Dumpty :

    Through time, the last line of this nursery rhyme is now commonly found as:

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 Dumpty together again.


History and Origins of Humpty Dumpty :

    The fact that Humpty Dumpty is not identified as an egg in the nursery rhyme was not a mistake. When it was first printed in 1810, it was formed as a riddle. The term "humpty dumpty" in the 18th century was slang for a clumsy person. As the riddle went, a clumsy person falling off a wall would not be damaged beyond repair -- so what would be? An egg of course. Nowadays, the nursery rhyme has become so well known that to pose it as a riddle makes very little sense. Source: Wikipedia.org.


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