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Old 03 April 2017, 02:40 PM
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I remember taking a children's lit course in university back in the '80s that dealt in part with nursery rhymes and their origins and meanings. We were told very authoritatively that Rock a Bye Baby referred to the idea that the baby of the rhyme was the son of James II of England, or more correctly, the baby that was supposedly smuggled into the birthing room at the palace and passed off as the son of James II. A baby that was put in a precarious position and whose father was eventually deposed in favour of protestant rulers. It was only years later that I learned this was just one of many possible meanings behind the rhyme. Not the definitive "rest of the story".