Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Question from Sandra - Old rhyme about Henry VIII

Can anyone help me with this one. I remember from school part of a poem about Henry VIII it goes like this

"Bluff King Hal was full of beans, he married half a dozen queens, for 3 called Kate he cried the banns, 1 called Jane and a couple of Annes."

Can you help with the rest of the verses it goes on to describe all the wifes and what happened to them. I would love to get the rest of the words for my children as I think it is a great way to remember and help them with their history.


Anonymous PhD Historian said...

I found this by using the first line of the poem as a phrase for a Google search:

Bluff King Hal was full of beans
He married half a dozen queens
For three called Kate they cried the banns
And one called Jane, and a couple of Annes.

The first he asked to share his reign
Was Kate of Aragon, straight from Spain
But when his love for her was spent
He got a divorce, and out she went.

Anne Boleyn was his second wife.
He swore to cherish her all his life,
But seeing a third, he wished instead
He chopped off poor Anne Boleyn’s head.

He married the next afternoon
Jane Seymour, which was rather soon,
But after one year as his bride
She crept into her bed and died.

Anne of Cleves was number four.
Her portrait thrilled him to the core,
But when he met her face to face
Another royal divorce took place.

Catherine Howard, number five,
Billed and cooed to keep alive.
But one day Henry felt depressed,
The executioner did the rest.

Sixth and last was Catherine Parr
Sixth and last and luckiest far
For this time it was Henry who
Hopped the twig, and a good job too.

September 13, 2007 9:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember parts of this poem from school but thought the teacher had made it up. No one else I met knew anything about it but I have always loved poetry and have found many poems by doing a Google search on a line or part of a line. It's wonderful to find them.

March 21, 2008 3:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've just seen 'The Other Boleyn Girl'. I assured my friend that Henry had 6 wives and started to recite this poem but couldn't remember the final verse. I Googled the first line of the poem and couldn't believe that someone else 'out there' also new this one - after all I'm 52! Thank you for filling in the gaps.


March 23, 2008 11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My son is just starting to learn about the Tudors at school & I too could only recall part of this poem.A tribute to my dear teacher Miss Lawson who taught me this when I was just 8 years old, it's lovely to see the whole poem, thank you.

June 03, 2008 9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm reciting this poem for ESB- English Speaking board- test! I'm still in primary school. I was looking for a good poem with expression and this one is perfect! Thank- you!

February 01, 2009 11:41 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Thanks, the poem is great, and i will be sharing it with my Year 4 class next week. Anybody know who wrote it?


April 16, 2009 6:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In 1955 our elementary school in
Holybourne, hants, England did a pageant solely based on this poem.
I was Catherine of Aragon - I still remember all the words, and all the fun we had. J.P.S.

September 28, 2009 3:39 PM  
Blogger PeterG said...

Hello Catherine of Aragon! What a surprise - I was "Bluff King Hal" in the pageant in Holybourne back in 1955. I've got a great picture of the pageant as well. Can you remember who all "my wives" were? Peter

October 27, 2009 4:46 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

are you still seeking information about this? it comes from a book of poems about the English monarchs. I happen to own a copy. Let me know if you want to know more.

February 01, 2010 5:53 PM  

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