Dark Origins – Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush

I am over at Writing to be Read with a post about the dark origins of Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush. Thank you for hosting me, Kaye Lynne Booth.

My dad was diagnosed yesterday with a cluster of blood clots in the pulmonary artery near the lungs. He can’t be admitted into ICU in a hospital because we are in the midst of the third wave of Covid and it is to dangerous for him, so we are treating him at home with injections of a strong blood thinner. Fortunately, it is not difficult to learn how to give injections and we are monitoring him for side effects. He had a better today. Thank you to all of you for all your kind comments and support.

Writing to be Read

Do you know the nursery rhyme Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush?

I remember it from when I was a girl. The girls used to hold hands and dance in a circle singing the lyrics and doing the actions.

These are the first two stanzas of the most modern version:

Here we go round the mulberry bush,
The mulberry bush,
The mulberry bush.
Here we go round the mulberry bush
On a cold and frosty morning.

This is the way we wash our face,
Wash our face,
Wash our face.
This is the way we wash our face
On a cold and frosty morning.

The rhyme was first recorded by James Orchard Halliwell, an English Shakespearean scholar, antiquarian, and a collection of English nursery rhymes and fairy tales, as an English children’s game in the mid-nineteenth century.

The song and associated game are traditional in England and different…

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33 thoughts on “Dark Origins – Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush

  1. That’s positively dreadful he can’t be admitted to the hospital, but glad to hear he is resting comfortably at home and that the injections are working. Take care, Robbie.
    I left a comment on the other blog. Fascinating history!

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  2. Glad you are able to take care of your dad at home, but sad he can’t be in hospital because of Covid. Sending a ton of prayers and healing hugs.

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  3. I prayed for your father and your whole family, Robbie. May God bless you all and keep you safe.

    And the mulberry tree story fascinated me. I always heard it related to silkworms, but who knows? Origins can be tricky things. Nice post. : )

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  4. Robbie, I am glad you are able to care for your father at home and hope he continues to improve. I knew there was a third wave of the virus in Africa, but had no idea it was that severe. (K)

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    1. HI Kerfe, sadly, it is very bad here and lots of people are dying. Dad is doing okay and I am taking one day at a time. Keeping all the family and friends calm and happy is the hardest part. Fortunately, the more stress I have, the calmer I get.

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  5. Thank you for the update on your dad, Robbie. I believe all of us were concerned. Here’s hoping that the lack of hospital admittance is a blessing in disguise. *If* the most of what the hospital would be doing at this time is giving injections, then I’m sure he’s happier at home. I realize that’s no consolation if that isn’t the case, and there is a delay to getting a procedure that should be done right away… The main thing is, I’m (and everyone) sending positivity to him and to you as well. I’ll check your nursery rhyme post soon. I’m fascinated by that sort of thing. Hugs on the wing.

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    1. Thank you, Teagan, I appreciate all of you and your kind support. The hospital would monitor his vital signs and do scans for internal bleeding. I can monitor his vital signs and I am doing so. I can’t scan with machinery for internal bleeding but I looked up all the symptoms on the internet and am keeping a close eye. He is eating and drinking more now and I see that as being a positive sign of recovery.

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  6. I’m so sorry to hear that your dad is still struggling, Robbie. But I’m glad you’re able to treat him at home without too much difficulty. I’m heading to Kaye Lynne’s to read the rest of the post. ❤

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