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Little Miss Muffet
Little Miss Muffet 1 - WW Denslow - Project Gutenberg etext 18546

Real Name

Miss Muffet

First Appearance

Unknown

Original Publisher

Unknown

Created by

Unknown

Origin

"Little Miss Muffet" is a nursery rhyme, one of the most commonly printed in the mid-twentieth century.

Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey;
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away.

Origins and Meaning

Like many such rhymes, its origins are unclear. Some claim it was written by Dr Thomas Muffet (d.1604), an English physician and entomologist, regarding his stepdaughter Patience; others claim it refers to Mary, Queen of Scots (1543–87), who was said to have been frightened by religious reformer John Knox (1510–72). The former explanation is speculative and the latter is doubted by most literary scholars, who note that stories linking folk tales or songs to political events are often urban legends.

Public Domain Comic Appearances

  • Four Color #41,59,68,90,103,185

Public Domain Comics Inspired by Little Miss Muffet

Little Miss Muffet

“Little Miss Muffet,” illustration from The National Nursery Book, ca. 1870.

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