Ding dong bell, pussy's in the well
Who put her in? Little Johnny Flynn
Who pulled her out? Little Tommy Stout
What a naughty boy was that, try to drown poor Pussycat,
Who ne'er did any harm
But killed all the mice in the Farmer's barn!
Nursery Rhyme lyrics with a moral theme
The origins of this nursery rhyme date back to the 16th century.
Shakespeare uses the phrase in the Tempest - Act I, Scene II:
"Sea nymphs hourly ring his knell:
Hark! Now I hear them - Ding, dong, bell."
The lyrics were used to encourage a child to understand that it was unacceptable and
cruel to harm any animal that had done no harm. Teaching morality at an early age. Introducing a child to onomatopoeia ( a word that sounds like its meaning) In this nursery rhyme the lyrics and words
convey the actual sounds!