THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN
There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.
She had so many children she didn't know what to do.
She gave them some broth without any bread.
Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.
There was an Old Woman who Lived in a Shoe
The 'Old Woman who Lived in a Shoe' referred
to the British Empire trying to control its colonies. We think of the
shape of Italy as a boot or shoe, but in this rhyme it’s the British
Isles. The old woman was Parliament, who couldn't quite look after her
many colonial children in the far-flung British Empire.
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