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Alphabe Thursday Q is for Queen of Hearts

September 11, 2014

On the morning after my 30 something wedding anniversary I discover I know nothing about this nursery rhyme. Only that dates back at least until 1782; when the poem was 4 stanzas long, dealing with each of the other suits … there is no explanation as why the other verses have ‘dropped off’.

I did find some nice images by Randolph Caldecott, so it is just as well.


The Queen of Hearts

She made some tarts,

All on a summer’s day:

The Knave of Hearts

He stole the tarts,

And took them clean away.


The King of Hearts

Called for the tarts,

And beat the knave full sore;

The Knave of Hearts

He bought back the tarts,

And vowed he’d steal no more.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. September 11, 2014 6:04 pm

    I’ve read Alice in Wonderland and read about the Queen of Hearts there, but had no idea of this lone story. Even further odd for me, I remember the poem…. so maybe I do know the book after all. 🙂

  2. September 12, 2014 8:28 pm

    I love the illustrations…great choice for letter Q! Have a great weekend♪

  3. storybeader permalink
    September 14, 2014 2:33 am

    the second stanza isn’t a very pleasant one, for sure. I love the drawings. {:-D

    • September 14, 2014 8:18 am

      … Oh yes the punishment that is given almost with joy to a poor person who has taken the opportunity to feed his empty belly! But I too love these images…

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