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Mary Tudor Bobby

Posted by Mary_Bowers on October 21, 2004, at 13:06:56

In reply to Re: Let me guess.. Mary_Bowers, posted by Bobby on October 21, 2004, at 12:41:18

> I'm sorry Mary. I did not specify a last name. Do you have a little lamb?

You seem to be mixing two nursery rhymes that were composed some 150 years apart. In the rhyme you posted, Mary's last name is Mary Tudor. In historic literature, she was first called "Bloody Mary" in the anonymously authored "History of Life and Bloody Reign and Death of Queen Mary" London, 1682.

Mary Tudor, who was the daughter of King Henry VIII, is the recognized historical subject of the rhyme you quoted:
Mary, Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockleshells, And pretty maids all in a row.

The nursery rhyme "Mary Had A Little Lamb" was composed by Sarah Hale, of Boston, in 1830.

If my initial impressions were incorrect, I am perplexed what meaning you were attempting to convey by introducing a nursery rhyme about Mary Tudor in a thread in which another Mary is both a participant and a topic. Can you explain?


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