From 1914 illustration by Walton Corbould in book
On October 12 in 1609 the children's rhyme "Three Blind Mice" was published. Some think the rhyme was authored by a young Thomas Ravenscroft, an English musician composer and compiler of folk music. Some think the rhyme referred to the censorship and persecution of Protestants by English Tudor queen Mary I. The rhyme did not become part of children's literature until the mid 1800s. By today's sentiments, the farmer's wife seems too sadistic for children.
- Three blind mice. Three blind mice.
- See how they run. See how they run.
- They all ran after the farmer's wife,
- Who cut off their tails with a carving knife,
- Did you ever see such a sight in your life,
- As three blind mice.