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Little Miss Muffet

[ Roud 20605 ; trad.]

Tim Hart and Maddy Prior sang a medley of Hey Diddle Diddle, Little Jack Horner, and Little Miss Muffet on Tim Hart and Friends’ album My Very Favourite Nursery Rhyme Record. This track was later included on their compilation CD Favourite Nursery Rhymes and Other Children’s Songs.


Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet
Eating her curds and whey
Along came a spider
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away

If researchers wrote nursery rhymes …

Little Miss Muffet sat on her gluteal region,
Eating components of soured milk.
On at least one occasion,
along came an arachnid and sat down beside her,
Or at least in her vicinity,
And caused her to feel an overwhelming, but not paralyzing, fear,
Which motivated the patient to leave the area rather quickly.
  -- Ann Melugin Williams