Origin of Nursery Rhyme–Rain, Rain, Go Away

The history and origins of the lyrics to this English nursery rhyme date back to the reign of Elizabeth I, one of the Tudor monarchs. During this period of  English history there was constant rivalry with Spain culminating in the Spanish Armada consisting of many Spanish galleons being sent to attack England. This attempt failed, not only because of the swift nature of the smaller English ships but also by the stormy weather which scattered the Armada fleet. Hence the origins of the Nursery rhyme!

This may be a little children’s rhyme but in reality parents read this rhyme to their kids to frightened them about the “evil” Spaniards. The famed Spanish galleons were destroyed by the North Sea storms and finished off by the rag-tag Royal Navy. (Credits:http://www.famousquotes.me.uk)

If it rains another day, I’m going to sprout webbed feet–out of necessity. It rained 1.32″ last night.

©Teresita Abad Doebley All rights reserved 2009-2011.


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