K – Polly Put The Kettle On

Welcome to the letter K and to this year’s Theme:

 The Glories of Tea With Stepheny

“Polly Put the Kettle On” is a nursery rhyme originating from England. Sources indicate that it was first published in 1797, although its tune is known to have been used in the 1770s. In Ireland and the USA, in earlier versions of the song, the name Molly was used instead of Polly.

The song’s lyrics most probably tell the story of 5 children (3 girls and 2 boys) who were continuously fighting over the games they should play, as the girls preferred house, while the boys preferred to play “soldier”. Thus, the girls pretended to have tea together, and one of the girls, Polly prepared the kettle for it. As soon as their brothers left, Sukey (old name for Susan) took the kettle off and the girls began to play house.

Here is a common version of the song.

Polly put the kettle on,
Polly put the kettle on,
Polly put the kettle on,
We’ll all have tea.
Sukey take it off again,
Sukey take it off again,
Sukey take it off again,
They’ve all gone away.

 


About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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6 Responses to K – Polly Put The Kettle On

  1. Unishta says:

    As usual beautiful pictures accompanying this blog post . Didn’t know the origin of this rhyme which happens to be one of my personal favourites.

  2. I agree – the photos are wonderful. They bring to mind many a tea party from my childhood and children’s younger days. Thank you for stirring up such lovely memories.

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