Little Miss Muffet is a Mother Goose nursery rhyme from Richard Scarry's Best Sing-Along Mother Goose Video Ever.
Little Miss Muffet is a hippo character. She eats her curds and whey, when suddenly she sees a spider. Then, she screams, runs away from the spider and bumps into Emperor Huckle with fright and keeps running away. Emperor Huckle thinks that the spider must be Lowly Worm. He puts his crown back on, gets up, walks up slowly to him and asks the spider, who sat down beside her and frightened her away, if he's seen Lowly. The Spider says he hasn’t, but he's seen all the king's horses and men pass by. He guesses that Humpty Dumpty must have fallen off the wall again and they can’t put him back together. Emperor Huckle thanks the spider, and he sets off to find Lowly.
Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet
Eating her curds and whey
Along came a spider
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away
This rhyme was published in 1805.
The alternate ones are not in the video include:
- The original edition has the line "There came a great spider".
- Curds and whey are an 18th century term for cottage cheese.
- In some versions, the word "who" is replaced with "and" in the third line of the chorus: "And sat down beside her"