tweedledum and tweedledee

Why not learn a nursery rhyme in the meantime? After all, tweedledee and tweedledum don’t rhyme, but they’re still fun to say! Here’s a list of our favorite nursery rhymes that are easy to learn and will help you relax after a long day.

“tweedledum and tweedledee”

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Common versions of the nursery rhyme include:

Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Agreed to have a battle;
For Tweedledum said Tweedledee
Had spoiled his nice new rattle.

Just then flew down a monstrous crow,
As black as a tar barrel;
Which frightened both the heroes so,
They quite forgot their quarrel

The words “Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee” make their first appearance in print as names applied to the composers George Frideric Handel and Giovanni Bononcini in “one of the most celebrated and most frequently quoted (and sometimes misquoted) epigrams”, satirizing disagreements between Handel and Bononcini, written by John Byrom (1692–1763): in his satire, from 1725.

Some say, compar’d to Bononcini
That Mynheer Handel’s but a Ninny
Others aver, that he to Handel

Is scarcely fit to hold a Candle
Strange all this Difference should be
‘Twixt Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee!

Although Byrom is clearly the author of the epigram, the last two lines have also been attributed to Jonathan Swift and Alexander Pope. While the familiar form of the rhyme was not printed until around 1805, when it appeared in Original Ditties for the Nursery, it is possible that Byrom was drawing on an existing rhyme


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