Now, don’t get me wrong – I LOVE a good rainy day. Especially if I can stay inside, read a book, watch a movie, or just curl up in bed and sleep. Unfortunately, today I have a Fluid Dynamics report that needs some serious work, so relaxing has been pushed to the bottom of my list.
So, of course, now is the perfect time for my brain to ask – I wonder where the rhyme…
“Rain, rain, go away.
Come again another day.”
…came from. And when my brain asks a question – it must be answered.
It turned out to be one of my more interesting google searches.
Over the years the rhyme has undergone quite a transformation – with many different takes on the lyrics.
“Rain, rain go away,
Come again a Saturday/midsummer day/washing day/Christmas day/Martha’s wedding day/etc.”
(Not sure what Martha did to deserve rain on her wedding day? Poor Martha.)
But, the true origin appears to have been during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) with;
“Raine, raine goe to Spain:
Faire weather come again.”
Which is quite different to the modern interpretation.
According to the first three results on Google (semi-reliable), in the 1500’s England and Spain were rivals and in 1588 Spain sent the Spanish Armada to invade and conquer England. Queen Elizabeth sent a much smaller fleet in response. However, as the Spanish approached England, rain and storms blew in and scattered the ships in the Armada, allowing the English fleet to defeat the Spanish.
After that, English children who were unhappy about the rain would sing the rhyme, telling the rain to go back to Spain too.
Huh, who knew?
Hope you found this interesting and it helps you win a trivia competition, or impress strangers with your vast knowledge of history one day.
Let me know what kind of strange things you have learned while procrastinating from writing a report!