"“Ring a ring a roses, a pocket full of posies”"
‘Ring a ring o’ roses’ is a nursery rhyme and playground singing game. It first appeared in print in 1881 but versions are thought to have been sung as folksongs since 1790. It is sometimes interpreted a referring to the Great Plague of 1665 – victims would develop a red ring-shaped rash, the prelude to them ‘falling down’ dead. However, many folklorists discount this theory as other similar versions of the rhyme were sung across Europe and the earliest versions do not fit especially well with sickness symptoms. There are many versions of the rhyme; the most well-known being
A ring, a ring o' roses,
A pocket full o’posies,
Atishoo! Atishoo! –
We all fall down.