A shot from a Parliamentary cannon blew the wall beneath Humpty Dumpty to pieces,which caused the cannon to tumble to the ground. The Royalists, or Cavaliers, 'all the King's men'
attempted to raise Humpty Dumpty on to another part of the wall. However, because the cannon, or Humpty Dumpty, was so heavy ' All the King's horses and all the King's men couldn't put Humpty together again!' So, the Royalists lost the town of Colchester to the Parliamentarians after a siege lasting eleven weeks. The nursery rhyme is a gleeful song about a battle victory.
Another nursery rhyme, Jack & Jill, is a bit more gruesome, and here is your chance to opt out of the telling of the actual historical event, and just say goodnight. But, if you care to hear the tale; Jack and Jill are said to be King Louis XVI of France- Jack -who was beheaded (lost his crown) followed by his Queen Marie Antoinette - Gill - (who came tumbling after). Jill is a common misspelling because the rhyme was handed down by word of mouth for generations.
Yes, what is more gruesome is the act of grabbing the severed head by the hair and holding it up before the crowd, which is actually done to allow the head to see the crowd, and his own body, and not the other way around. It is a fact that consciousness remains for at least eight seconds after beheading until lack of oxygen causes unconsciousness and eventually death. Before you think this a bit gruesome for a child's rhyme, remember the Bible story of David and Goliath.
Goliath was from a family of giants. 2 Samuel 21:16. His sons later attempted to kill David in battle, but failed because the aged David was assisted and protected. But, remember how David slew Goliath, chopped his head off, and held it up before the Philistines? That was to further allow the giant to see the Hebrews running on him, an "in your face" exultation of victory over the giant by God's people.
Death and battle are indeed hard subjects, and especially for children's tales. But, they are the subject of tales the world wide. I am continually amazed at the way little boys, who often feel so weak, love to hear how brave David, who was just a small young man, killed a giant. It gives them such a sense of empowerment. I think it appeals even more to children who are familiar with danger and threat, fear. They know that this can be a cruel world, and do not wish to be lulled to sleep with fantasies of safety, but rather long for some power to defeat their foes. Such is the reason for the success of books like Harry Potter.
Such it is with the subject of salvation today. Many times, people don't want to hear that they have "fallen" from God. Thery don't want to hear of sin and death. They believe they are safe. To come to God, we have to admit sin and choose repentance, to turn from sin, and we have to accept the death of Christ to atone for our sins. Otherwise, we can have no part with Jesus Christ. That's just the facts. But, if you turn to Jesus, He can piece your life back together. That is no nursery rhyme. John 3:16-17