Seesaw Margery Daw

Seesaw Margery Daw
Johnny shall have a new master
He shall earn but a penny a day
Because he can't work any faster

Seesaw's use to be everywhere in Britain at one time, even if they never provided a park with one, it only took a few logs to make your own. This is one of those rhymes we sang while playing on a seesaw, I don't think there was a person called Margery Daw, it just rhymed with seesaw.

However it does have a deeper meaning, the last three lines tell us about times where children were expected to work. These children lived in workhouses, they had nowhere else to live.

They were paid by what they did, and if they never worked fast, that wasn't much at all.

This rhyme may also be sang to others you never liked :)- implying his family were poor and destine for the workhouse.

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