Three Blind Mice

Hey kiddies! I hope everyone had a great Christmas! I did! but, alas, it is time to get back to the old routine.  Today’s rhyme is, Three Blind Mice. Enjoy and please excuse the gore…

Love and feathers, Auntie Goose

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Mother Goose’s version

Three blind mice,
Three blind mice,
See how they run!
See how they run!
They all ran after the farmer’s wife,
She cut off their tails with a carving knife;
Did you ever see such a horrible sight?
As three blind mice.

Alternative Version


A trio of rodents with imperfect vision.
A trio of rodents with imperfect vision.
Observe their manner of fleeing.
Observe their manner of fleeing.
They all pursued the agriculturist’s spouse,
She amputated their appendages with a well honed instrument.
have you ever observed such a spectacle in your existence.
As a trio of rodents with imperfect vision.

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The origin of the ‘tale’ of Three blind mice!
The origin of the words to the Three blind mice rhyme are based in English history. The ‘farmer’s wife’ refers to the daughter of King Henry VIII, Queen Mary I. Mary was a staunch Catholic and her violent persecution of Protestants led to the nickname of ‘Bloody Mary’. The reference to ‘farmer’s wife’ in Three blind mice refers to the massive estates which she, and her husband King Philip of Spain, possessed.

The ‘three blind mice’ were three noblemen who adhered to the Protestant faith who were convicted of plotting against the Queen – she did not have them dismembered and blinded as inferred in Three blind mice – but she did have them burnt at the stake! (


A version of this rhyme, together with music, was published in Deuteromelia or The Seconde part of Musicks melodie (1609).[5] The editor of the book, and possible author of the rhyme,[6] was Thomas Ravenscroft, who in 1609 was still a teenager.[1] The original lyrics are:

Three Blinde Mice,
Three Blinde Mice,
Dame Iulian,
Dame Iulian,
the Miller and his merry olde Wife,
she scrapte her tripe licke thou the knife.[1]

Attempts to read historical significance into the words[2] have led to the speculation that this musical round was written earlier and refers to Queen Mary I of Englandblinding and executing three Protestant bishops,[7] but problematically the Oxford Martyrs, Ridley, Latimer and Cranmer, were burned at the stake, not blinded; although if the rhyme was made by crypto-Catholics, the mice’s “blindness” could refer to their Protestantism.[2]

The rhyme only entered children’s literature in 1842 when it was published in a collection by James Orchard Halliwell. (wikipedia)


Three Blind Mice” is supposedly yet another ode to Bloody Mary’s reign, with the trio in question believed to be a group of Protestant bishops—Hugh Latimer, Nicholas Radley, and The Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer—who (unsuccessfully) conspired to overthrow the queen and were burned at the stake for their heresy. Critics suggest that the blindness in the title refers to their religious beliefs. (Mental Floss)


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