"Three Blind Mice
" is one of the best-known English nursery rhymes, kids' songs and musical rounds. The earliest version of the rhyme was published in 1805. The writer or composer of this popular song is unknown. Though it is an absurd song, it is one of the popular rhymes for kids sung all around the world.
Origin and meaning
Like many other nursery rhymes, there are no strong pieces of evidence to support theories related to the origin of "Three Blind Mice". One of the versions of rhyme was published in Deuteromelia or The Second part of Musicks Melodie in 1609. It is believed that Thomas Ravenscroft, the editor of the book is the author of this nursery rhyme.
Another theory explains that mice's "blindness" could refer to their Protestantism. However, there is no evidence to support this theory.
The song was introduced in children's literature in 1842 when it was printed and published in a collection of James Orchard Halliwell.Complete Version
"Three Blind Mice" was published in an illustrated children"™s book by John W. Ivimey under the title, "˜The Complete Version of Ye Three Blind Mice"™. It is a story about 3 mischievous mice, who seek adventure but are taken in by the farmer"™s wife. She chases them from her house and into a bramble bush, which blinds them.
Soon after, their tails were cut off by the "butcher"™s wife". Rails being cut off is not mentioned In the earliest version which was published in 1509. At the end of the story, new tails were grown and their eyesight was recovered using a tonic. Moreover, a new house is bought for them in which they lived happily ever after.