Little Miss Muffet

Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,

Eating of curds and whey;
There came a big spider,

And sat down beside her,
And frightened Miss Muffet away.


La señorita del arete
Se sentó en su taburete
Con su requesón para comer;
Una araña de pronto llegó,
Y la asustó, ella gritó,
Y jamás quiso volver.

......and what is a tuffet one may ask? A low stool or cushion, or, in Miss Muffet's case here,
a cushy little pillow of grass.

Miss Muffet was a 16th century little girl whose name was Patience. Her father, Dr. Thomas Muffet (possibly Moffett or Moufet), an entomologist who died in 1604, wrote The Silkwormes and Their Flies. Patience did not share her father's love of bugs. One morning while eating breakfast, one of her father's bugs appeared. She leapt up, spilling the curds and whey, and ran out of the house. The first version is dated 1805 in Songs for the Nursery, whose 1812 edition read "Little Mary Ester sat upon a tester." Halliwell's 1842 collection reads "Little Miss Mopsey sat in a shopsey."

Midi: Little Miss Muffet

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