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See a Pin and Pick it up

Nursery Rhyme Lyrics, Origins and History


The Nursery Rhyme "See a Pin and Pick it up" is a poem about common household items. We take such necessary articles for granted but they have some interesting history attached to them.

Pins and 'Pin Money'
Pins have been used for hundreds of years. There was a Guild of Pinmakers, or Pinners. Pins were relatively expensive during the Middle Ages and husbands gave their wives money especially for their purchase, as time went by pins became cheaper and the money could be spent on other items - hence the term "pin money".

The Dissolution of the Monastries (1536 and 1540) and Needles & Pins?
English Monasteries were famous for needle and pin making. This proved to cause a problem in England when King Henry closed all of the Monasteries - he passed an Act in 1543 encouraging the manufacture of good needles and pins!

Help us to maintain our history and heritage through the words and lyrics of old Nursery Rhymes like 'See a pin'

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See a Pin and Pick it up
Nursery Rhyme lyrics, origins and history

See a pin and pick it up,
All the day you'll have good luck;
See a pin and let it lay,
Bad luck you'll have all the day.

Other Rhymes!

See a pin, pick it up,
And all day you'll have good luck.
See a pin let it lay,
And your luck will pass away

See a pin, pick it up
Then you're sure to have good luck,
See a pin and let it lie
You're sure to need one afore you die

Needles and Pins Nursery Rhyme

See a Pin and Pick it up
Nursery Rhyme lyrics, origins and history


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


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