nursery rhyme lyrics & origins



Nursery Rhymes Lyrics and Origins

An Apple a Day

An Apple a Day Nursery Rhyme/Poem


The simple meaning behind the sentiment expressed in 'An apple a day' poem is one to encourage the child to eat healthily and wisely that is An apple a day! Although perhaps 'Doctor' could be replaced with 'Dentist' in a modern day version of this poem of "An apple a day" - delicious! The author of the poem "An apple a day" is unknown and the first publication date has been untraceable.

The picture below depicts a Physician in the 16th Century - the thought of seeing someone like this would guarantee that a child would eat an apple a day!

black death doctor / physician

Poem - An apple a day keeps the Doctor away

An apple a day keeps the doctor away
Apple in the morning - Doctor's warning
Roast apple at night - starves the doctor outright
Eat an apple going to bed - knock the doctor on the head
Three each day, seven days a week - ruddy apple, ruddy cheek

Poem - An apple a day keeps the Doctor away


Note: A Rhymes lyrics and the perceived origins of some Nursery Rhymes vary according to location


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Written By Linda Alchin