I Had a Little Nut Tree
I had a little nut tree, nothing would it bear
But a silver nutmeg
and a golden pear.
The King of Spain's daughter came to visit me,
And all for the sake of my little nut tree.
I skipped over water, I danced over sea,
And all the birds in the air couldn't catch me.
a Little Nut Tree
This rhyme is about Prince Philippe of France
and the King of Spain's Daughter. They were betrothed at the age
of 6 or 7. In one of the gardens at Versailles was a tree with
a solid gold pear and a solid silver nutmeg tied to it. These
were gifts for the Infanta. The Dauphine was told that the Infanta
was coming to visit. Neither child was aware of the arranged marriage.
The Dauphine and Infanta enjoyed each others company and were
happy. This overjoyed the King of Spain and the King of France
as it would mean a stronger alliance. The Dauphine and Infanta
were married at the age of 15.
The Dauphine and Infanta referred to could possibly be Philip
King of Castile and Juana (1497 - 1555) daughter of Ferdinand