Ring a ring a roses
A pocket full of poses
We all fall down < Sang by children even today.
One of the signs of the illness was a circle of red marks. They looked like
roses, and that explains the first line of the song. In the second line,
"poses" are small bunches of flowers. People carried flowers because of the
smell of the Plague. "A tishoo" is the sound of a sneeze. That was another
sign of the Plague. Then after a few days people "fell down" or died.
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