New post from Anilbalan on his GhostCities blog Oranges and Lemons

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Hugh Paxton’s Blog regards nursery rhymes with a degree of caution. They are fun, I grew up with them, but most don’t make much sense if you are trying to explain them to your daughter and if they do make sense they are consistently morbid. Anilbalan has focused his attention on Oranges and Lemons. I never thought about this ditty much. His explanation of Oranges and Lemons makes “Ring a ring of roses” look like a cheerful lullaby!

Eek!

Hugh

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ghostcities posted: "Oranges and Lemons is a traditional English nursery rhyme and singing game which refers to the bells of several churches, all within or close to the City of London. The lyrics go as so: Oranges and lemons, Say the bells of St. Clement’s. You owe me fiv"

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New post on Ghost Cities

Oranges and Lemons

by ghostcities

Oranges and Lemons is a traditional English nursery rhyme and singing game which refers to the bells of several churches, all within or close to the City of London. The lyrics go as so:

Oranges and lemons,
Say the bells of St. Clement’s.

You owe me five farthings,
Say the bells of St. Martin’s.

When will you pay me?
Say the bells of Old Bailey.

When I grow rich,
Say the bells of Shoreditch.

When will that be?
Say the bells of Stepney.

I do not know,
Says the great bell of Bow.

Here comes a candle to light you to bed,
And here comes a chopper to chop off your head!

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ghostcities | March 20, 2016 at 2:00 am | Tags: Henry VIII, Oranges and Lemons | Categories: Folklore, Legend, Mythology, Poetry, Urban Legend | URL: http://wp.me/p1Pozr-r7

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