“Queen Anne”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 190 (Cecil Sharp collections)
Keywords: playparty royalty nonballad
Found in: Britain(England)

Description

"Queen Anne, Queen Anne, you sit in the sun, As fair as a lily, as white as a wand, I send you three letters, and pray read one, You must read one, if you can't read all, So pray, Miss or Master, throw up the ball."

Notes

This is connected by folklore to Anne of Great Britain (1665-1714; reigned 1702-1714), who is reported to have enjoyed sitting in the sun in gardens. But it can't have been an eyewitness account, since Anne was hardly fair of face and not particularly fair of hue. - RBW

References

  1. Baring-Gould-MotherGoose (note to) #187, p. 134 ("Queen Anne, Queen Anne, you sit in the sun")
  2. Roud #12755
  3. BI, BGMG186N