CHAT: Humpty Dumpty (was: con-childish taunts)
|From:||Raymond A. Brown <raybrown@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, May 19, 1999, 6:58|
At 3:49 pm -0400 18/5/99, Mathias wrote:
>Dans un courrier dat=E9 du 18/05/99 20:19:17 , Ray a =E9crit :
>> The Victorians
>> were also responsible for turning Humpty Dumpty into an egg!
>what was it before then ?
And at 5:08 pm -0500 18/5/99, Nik Taylor wrote:
>What or who was Humpty Dumpty originally?
Ah, why did I mention him! I'll have to do a bit of research again.
But IIRC "he" was some sort artillery piece - or some war engine -
used in the civil war between Cromwell's "Roundheads" and the royalists.
There were other versions of the poem. One began:
'Humpty Dumpty fell in a beck'...
'Beck' is an dialect word for "stream". The next line ended with 'neck',
but I don't recall the other words now.
I'll report back :)
The Victorians seemed to have had a fondness for "tidying up" nursery
rhymes and giving "official forms" - something Lewis Carrol good naturedly
mocked in many of his writings.