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Nursery Rhymes Lyrics and Origins

Three Blind Mice Rhyme

Nursery Rhyme & History


The origin of the 'tale' of Three blind mice!
The origin of the words to the Three blind mice rhyme are based in English history. The 'farmer's wife' refers to the daughter of King Henry VIII, Queen Mary I. Mary was a staunch Catholic and her violent persecution of Protestants led to the nickname of 'Bloody Mary'. The reference to 'farmer's wife' in Three blind mice refers to the massive estates which she, and her husband King Philip of Spain, possessed.

The 'three blind mice' were three noblemen who adhered to the Protestant faith who were convicted of plotting against the Queen - she did not have them dismembered and blinded as inferred in Three blind mice - but she did have them burnt at the stake! Another Nursery Rhyme which features 'Bloody Mary' can be found as follows: Mary Mary Quite Contrary Nursery Rhyme


Drawing of Queen Mary I

Old Illustration of the Rhyme three blind mice - 3 blind mice


Drawing of Queen Mary I

 Old Illustration of the Rhyme 

Three Blind Mice rhyme poem
AKA - 3 Blind Mice

Three blind mice, three blind mice,
See how they run, see how they run,
They all ran after the farmer's wife,
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife,
Did you ever see such a thing in your life,
As three blind mice?

Three Blind Mice rhyme poem
AKA - 3 Blind Mice


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


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