Humpty Dumpty is a very old rhyme and is known throughout Europe in very much the same form.
Most people associate Humpty Dumpty with an egg but it’s possible however that it refers to a powerful cannon used during the English Civil War (1642-49). It was mounted on top of the St.Marys at the Wall Church in Colchester defending the city against siege in the summer of 1648 which fell ‘off the wall’ and couldn’t be mended.
Humpty Dumpty Lyrics
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again!