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Sinister Origins of Nursery Rhymes- Three Blind Mice (1805)


“Three blind mice. Three blind mice.Oh!
See how they run. See how they run.Oh!
They all ran after the farmer’s wife,Oh!
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife,Oh!
Did you ever see such a sight in your life,Oh! Just see…
As three blind mice?”


“Three Blind Mice” is supposedly a ode to Bloody Mary’s reign, with the trio in question believed to be a group of Protestant bishops—Hugh Latimer, Nicholas Radley, and The Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer—who conspired to overthrow the queen and were burned at the stake for their heresy. The mice’s “blindness” could refer to their religious beliefs.

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