Little Robin Red breast sat upon a tree,
Up went pussy cat and down went he;
Down came pussy, and away Robin ran;
Says little Robin Red breast, "Catch me if you can".
Little Robin Red breast jumped upon a wall,
Pussy cat jumped after him and almost got a fall;
Little Robin chirped and sang, and what did pussy say?
Pussy cat said, "Meeow!" and Robin jumped away.
traditional English nursery rhyme
The nursery rhyme lyrics are merely teaching children about natural enemies of
animals and makes good use of the English language by using
similes (red breast). It has no basis in history for its origins.
It does, however, introduce a child to onomatopoeia (
a word that sounds like its meaning) In this nursery rhyme the word 'meeow'
when pronounced conveys the actual sound of the word! The robin is a small brown bird with a bright red breast - hence
the continuous reference to red breast. The robin is always
associated with the Christmas season and featured on many
Christmas cards showing a snow scene.