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Heavy Words Lightly Thrown : The Reason Behind the Rhyme (edition 2005)
Heavy Words Lightly Thrown: The Reason Behind the Rhyme by Chris Roberts
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A history of the origins and meanings of nursery rhymes reveals the popular sport behind "Jack Be Nimble" and Humpty Dumpty's identity as a cannon mounted on the walls of a Colchester church.
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