The Plague, London England

Doctor, during the plagueRing a ring a roses
A pocket full of poses
A tishoo
A tishoo
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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