The ending of a nursery rhyme every youngster knows turned wrenching in the rubble where seven kids had died.
One song interweaves adult themes into nursery rhyme cadence.
To propose in a nursery rhyme was something that shocked his sense of fitness.
It was very popular in his day, and the nursery rhyme of Who killed Cock robin?
His mother's cupboard was never known to be in the condition of Old Mother Hubbard's, described in the nursery rhyme.
Verse quotations may be taken from a well-known poem, a popular song, a nursery rhyme, or even doggerel verse.
They were eyes that would haunt his sleep that night like the face of the drowned man in the nursery rhyme.
Like Jack for a boy, with which it is often coupled, as in the nursery rhyme, it is used as a homely generic name for a girl.
Olive, seeing her counting out her money, like the queen in the nursery rhyme, had stopped short near the door.
No Anglo-Saxon can see them without thinking of the nursery rhyme of the "wise men of Gotham who went to sea in a tub."