Old King Cole

Today’s nursery rhyme is Old King Cole. For those of you who don’t remember Mother Goose’s version it is after my, more superior version!

Love and feathers, Auntie Goose.


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Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes



Who was Old King Cole?
The origins of the Nursery rhyme lyrics of Old King Cole are based in history dating back to 3rd century. There is considerable confusion regarding the origins of Old King Cole as there are three possible contenders who were Celtic Kings of Britain, all who share the name Coel (which is the Celtic word for the English word Cole). Historia Regum Britanniae (History of the Kings of Britain) by Geoffrey of Monmouth (1110-1155) refers to a King Cole as a king of the Britons. Our research details the contenders as follows:

Coel Godhebog (Cole the Magnificent – b.220 Decurion of Rome)
Coel Godhebog was the Lord of Colchester (the word Colchester means “Cole’s Castle”). The Romans had conquered Britain during this period and Coel Godhebog was a Decurion meaning member of the municipal Senate in Ancient Rome who ran a local government. Gaius Flavius Valerius Constantius (250–306) was an Emperor of the Western Roman Empire (305-306). According to the Historia Regum Britanniae Constantius was sent to Britain in 296AD. where his liaison with Helena, apparently the daughter of Coel Godhebog, produced a son who became Constantine the Great.

Coel Hen ( Coel the Old c.350 – c.420 )
Coel Hen, called Coel the Old due to his longevity, was also the Lord of Colchester and a Decurion. This was the time of the Decline of the Roman Empire and the Romans officials abandoned Britain and returned to Italy which was under attack by the Goths. Coel Hen was therefore believed to be the last Decurion. This man is probably the main contender as ‘Old King Cole’ due to the name he was given – Coel the Old.

St. Ceneu ap Coel ( Born c382 )
St. Ceneu ap Coel was the son of Coel Hen. Ceneu appears to have been made a Saint because he upheld the old Christian ways against pagan invaders.

He used Saxon mercenaries to help with this quest. He was named in the Historia Regum Britanniae as attending the coronation of King Arthur who became the ‘One King’ of the Britons.

The Origins
The History of the Ancient Britons is being reflected in the origins of Old King Cole encompassing the times of the Celts, the Romans, the Saxons and King Arthur. The Tudor dynasty, starting with King Henry VII, claimed to descend from Old King Cole’s royal lineage in attempt to further legitimise the Royal House of Tudor’s claim to the English throne. One of the main sources of information regarding the Ancient Britons is taken from the works by Geoffrey of Monmouth. But Geoffrey lived many years later in the 1100’s and much of his history on the pre-Saxon kings of Britain is based on Celtic legends – thus adding to the confusion regarding the origins of Old King Cole!

Thank you to Nursery Rhymes Lyrics and Origins for this info!




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Jack, Jack, watch that candle!!

Auntie Goose here, hope ya’ll enjoy this nursery rhyme. It’s about that Jack who was obsessed with candle sticks when he was just a young’un. Seems he ne’r grew up on the inside and kept on lovin’ them lit candles. Tsk, tsk, he should’a been more careful. 

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And here’s what Ol’ Mother Goose wrote:


“Jack be nimble,”


Jack be nimble,
Jack be quick,
Jack jump over
The candlestick.

And here are some other artist interpretations: 


And some history:

Origin and History to the words of Jack be nimble
The most commonly agreed origin for the Jack be nimble rhyme is the connection to Black Jack, an English pirate who was notorious for escaping from the authorities in the late 16th century hence Jack be nimble… The words of the Jack be nimble rhyme cannot be further analysed due to the brevity of the text of the lyrics but could be associated with the old tradition and sport of ‘candle leaping’ which used to be practised at some English fairs.

Lace Makers and Candle Leaping?
The tradition of candle-leaping originated from an old game of jumping over fires. This dangerous game was banned and replaced by the far less dangerous sport of Candle leaping. In Wendover there were lace-making schools (a good excuse for using children as slave labour). Here it was traditional to dance around the lace-makers great candlestick and this led to jumping over the candlestick. Due to the cost of candles some employers only allowed the use of candles during the darkest months of the year and centred around Candlemas Day, known as the candle season. It is interesting to note that Jack be nimble is now being referred to as Jack b nimble – the influence of the modern day practise of texting! The first publication date for Jack be nimble is 1798.

courtesy: Nursery Rhymes Lyrics and Origins

Aw’right, see ya’ll next time!

Sunday Funny Page

When I was a kid the first thing I would go for on Sunday was the Sunday Comics, so why not repeat that here! Plus there is a lot of great talent out there and I’m going to find it all!!!

Today’s contribution is from The Stuff in the Margin.

First and foremost – cat art!!

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Lying Cat                                                                   Witch’s Kitty

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The Chase                                                      Mice Krispies


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Bathtub Pirates                                 Fat Cat

  And second, their ongoing character, Flobin.

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Please check them out! The Stuff in the Margin has humor, wit and style!

(used with permission – thank you Jen and Scott!)

Auntie Goose releases her first nursery rhyme

Do you know how many nursery rhymes there are? There are (is?) a ton! It is enough to keep Auntie Goose busy for a very long time!

Because Auntie’s rhymes are different than Mother’s, she wanted to show you one she didn’t change. It’s a classic one!

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Sunday Funnies with Chub Chub

Courtesy Cats-At-The-Bar

If you are a cat person or just someone who loves humor, please check out Cats At the Bar. They have a plethora of cats and quips. Chub-Chub is my favorite of all of them. Seriously, who couldn’t love a face like this?

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