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Georgie Porgie


Georgi Porgie,
Pudding and pie,
Kissed the girls and made them cry.
When the boys came out to play,
Georgie Porgie ran away.
 

This rhyme was first published around 1850

It is thought to refer to George IV who weighed 17 stone and had a 50 inch waist. He was a great womaniser and fathered several illegitimate children. He was also something of a coward and disliked getting involved in any form of violence. However, he was happy to fund illegal bare-knuckle fighting and it is said that during one bout a man was killed and George quickly ran away from the scene for fear of being implicated.

 

 

 

 

 


Updated 16/08/2014

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