If matrimony and hanging go
By dest'ny, why not whipping too?
What med'cine else can cure the fits
Of lovers when they lose their wits?
Love is a boy by poets stil'd
Then spare the rod and spoil the child .

Samuel Butler, Hudibras
(Part II, Canto I, ll. 839-44)

Ring-a-round the rosie,
A pocket full of posies,
Ashes! Ashes!
We all fall down.

Traditional children’ rhyme (American varient)

Solomon Grundy,
Born on a Monday,
Christened on Tuesday,
Married on Wednesday,
Took ill on Thursday,
Grew worse on Friday,
Died on Saturday,
Buried on Sunday,
That was the end,
Of Solomon Grundy.

Traditional English nursery rhyme collected by James Orchard Halliwell. Published 1842

Winifred Wright

Some said it would have been better had Winifred Wright never been born. These were ignorant folk, none of whom had ever met Winifred. Those who knew her, knew she’d packed more into her fifteen short years than most women did in a lifetime. Born and raised in Ada, Ohio, she made the trek to Allentown, Pennsylvania in the last year of her life. She walked most this distance, catching what rides she could, but these were few. Winifred was distrustful of lone traveling men, so would only join families (or in one case, an elderly couple). She slept rough, and had little food, money, or possessions.


Rowley Powley, pudding and pie,
Kissed the girls and made them cry;
When the girls began to cry,
Rowly Powley runs away.

Traditional Children’s Poem