Eating of curds and whey;
There came a big spider,
And sat down beside her,
And frightened Miss Muffet away.
La señorita del arete
Se sentó en su taburete
Con su requesón para comer;
Una araña de pronto llegó,
Y la asustó, ella gritó,
Y jamás quiso volver.
......and what is a tuffet one may ask? A low stool
or cushion, or, in Miss Muffet's case here,
a cushy little pillow of grass.
Miss Muffet was a 16th century little girl whose name
was Patience. Her father, Dr. Thomas Muffet (possibly Moffett or Moufet),
an entomologist who died in 1604, wrote The Silkwormes and Their
Flies. Patience did not share her father's love of bugs. One morning
while eating breakfast, one of her father's bugs appeared. She leapt
up, spilling the curds and whey, and ran out of the house. The first
version is dated 1805 in Songs for the Nursery, whose 1812
edition read "Little Mary Ester sat upon a tester." Halliwell's 1842
collection reads "Little Miss Mopsey sat in a shopsey."