Doctor Foster went to Gloucester
In a shower of rain;
Stepped in a puddle
Up to his middle
And never went there again!
It is said that 'Doctor Foster' is King
Edward I of England. The king travelled to Gloucester in the middle
of a rainstorm. When he entered Gloucester, his horse fell and both
he and the horse ended up in the middle of a huge mud puddle. The people
had to use planks of wood to remove both King Edward and his horse from
the mud. King Edward was enraged by this misfortune and refused to return
Gloucester: a borough of southwest-central England on the Severn River
west-northwest of London.