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A-Z Blogging Challenge: Y Is for...Young Roger

Well, it's the penultimate letter in the April A to Z Challenge and I cannot believe how quickly this month has flown past.

As far as nursery rhymes go, the last few letters of the alphabet have certainly been the most challenging, especially U, V, X, Y and Z. Not only are the nursery rhymes beginning with those letters few and far between but there doesn't seem to be much history available for the ones that do exist.

The little rhyme that follows is no exception but I love it and it made me laugh so I had to include it. It may be perfectly innocent but - and this may just be my mind - I can't help feeling that there is a double meaning here. Back in the 15th and 16th centuries it was common practice to replace lines in songs which were too bawdy or crude to be sung in public, with lines such as 'hey nonny nonny' or 'fal da riddle' etc.

I leave you to make up your own minds on this one.

YOUNG ROGER AND DOLLY 

Young Roger came tapping at Dolly's window,
Thumpaty, thumpaty, thump!

He asked for admittance; she answered him "NO!"
Frumpaty, frumpaty, frump!

"No, no Roger, NO! As you came you may go!"
Stumpaty, stumpaty, stump!

Comments

Laura Clipson said…
I see what you mean about a double meaning! Great rhyme :)

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