"Humpty Dumpty," "Rain Rain Go Away" and "Hot Cross Buns" are examples of popular nursery rhymes for children. These are all traditional short songs with simple, easy to remember language.
Although popular culture associates "Humpty Dumpty" with an egg who falls off of a wall, this rhyme has a more significant history. It refers to the name of a cannon used during the English Civil War of the 1600s. According to historical records, the Royalists set Humpty Dumpty on the wall of St. Mary's Church in Colchester, but the Parliamentarians destroyed it. Consequently, the cannon fell off of the wall, and no one could it put it back together again.
Another popular rhyme for children, "Hot Cross Buns," comes from the way street sellers sold the traditional Easter sweets on English streets in the 1800s. Bakers still decorate them with crosses to symbolize the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Children often sing "Rain Rain Go Away" on rainy days to summon back the sun and blue skies. However, its origins come from the 16th century and the antagonism between the British and Spanish governments. Brits sang "Rain Rain Go Away" to celebrate the defeat of the Spanish Armada by as much their navy's power as the turbulent weather.