Little Miss Muffet

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.

Little Miss Muffet

Scientist’s Stepdaughter

The genesis and historical significance of the nursery rhyme "Little Miss Muffet" remains shrouded in a cloud of delightful uncertainty. Yet, some whisper of its creation by the renowned 16th-century British naturalist, Dr. Thomas Muffet, penning a verse inspired by a real-life incident involving one of his beloved stepdaughters. Dr. Muffet, celebrated for authoring the first illustrated English guide categorizing insects, inevitably hosted a myriad of bugs, spiders, and other six-legged guests in his abode. One might speculate how these critters' presence could have struck a chord of fear in the hearts of his offspring. Despite Dr. Muffet's harmless perception of the insects and his expectations that the children should acclimate to their presence, an amusing encounter with one such creature sparked the inspiration to etch this rhyme in history.

Queen Mary

In the realm of less probable theories, a curious tale intertwines the nursery rhyme with Mary I, Queen of Scotland. As the yarn goes, she was reportedly unnerved by a certain religious reformer bearing the name of John Knox. This explanation, though rich in intrigue, exists more in the whispers of imaginative conjecture than in the solidity of historical fact.


Sheet music

Miss Muffet and the Spider A children's story, based on this nursery rhyme.