Repost: The demon rhyme 7: Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall

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Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,                                                                                                        The twins named in that order,                                                                                                  They both were Pale and sick and psycho,                                                                                    Suffering from personality disorder.

Some said they were possessed by evil spirits,                                                                                Some said they were witches’ seed,                                                                                                  Some conjectured Munchausen syndrome,                                                                            Some said were demon’s breed.

That fateful day they climbed the wall,                                                                                      And made some very tall claims,                                                                                                  They said they would fly from there,                                                                                                To the land of ogres and fair dames

A crowd gathered around the wall,                                                                                                  listening to their tales,                                                                                                                  Some wished them luck, some laughed heartily,                                                                      Others’ faces just turned pale

The king’s soldiers arrived there,                                                                                                    To abort sport and made high pitched wails,                                                                              With all their horses and all their ladders,                                                                                      The wall, they could not scale.

Humpty Dumpty stood on the wall,                                                                                              And pointed to the sky,                                                                                                                    They prayed to their demon lord,                                                                                                    And jumped saying they would fly

The miracle that happened then,                                                                                                Crowd watched with holding breath,                                                                                              Alas! It was for a few moments,                                                                                                      Then they fell to their death.

Humpty Dumpty fell from the wall,                                                                                                    So the wall was torn down then,                                                                                                    They promised before death to come back,                                                                                  But they should not fall down again.


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Humpty Dumpty dates back to the early 19th century. At its origins it was a riddle, and the egg was probably the riddle’s answer. The riddle was first published in Gammer Gurton’s Garland in 1810. Before that it was found in a manuscript of Mother Goose’s Melody, 1803. The last line was the only difference between it and the modern version: “Could not set Humpty Dumpty up again”

Can’t thank enough

Humpty Dumpty


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