What is the meaning of Ring a ring of roses?
Some people claim the nursery rhyme ‘Ring-a-ring-o’-roses‘ is about the plague: The ‘roses’ are the red blotches on the skin. The ‘posies’ are the sweet-smelling flowers people carried to try to ward off the plague. ‘Atishoo’ refers to the sneezing fits of people with pneumonic plague.
‘Ring-a-ring-o’-roses’ – The Great Plague – KS3 History …
Is Ring a Ring of Roses about the plague?
The invariable sneezing and falling down in modern English versions have given would-be origin finders the opportunity to say that the rhyme dates back to the Great Plague. A rosy rash, they allege, was a symptom of the plague, and posies of herbs were carried as protection and to ward off the smell of the disease.
Ring a Ring o’ Roses – Wikipedia
This is the second verse:
‘Ring around the rosie, pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes, we all fall down!’ . It went: ‘Ashes on the water, ashes on the Sea, we all jump up with a one, two, three!’
Ring A-Ring O’ Roses – English Children’s Songs – England .