Mary Mary Quite Contrary


Mary, Mary, quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockleshells
And pretty maids all in a row.

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Watts, United Kingdom

21 December 2014 at 6:51am

Refers to Mary Tudor, ( Mary I 1553 - 1558) daughter of King Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon, and half sister of Elizabeth I. She attempted to restore Roman Catholicism to England. The silver bells represent catholic priests and the cockleshells were the emblems of pilgrimage

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Amaya, United States

1 June 2011 at 7:30pm

Knew this since kindergarten now in 5th grade.

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Unknown, United States

14 May 2011 at 3:52pm

i have known it since 2nd grade. LOVE IT!

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