Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hop Marjanneke

My Dutch Canadian toddler, who speaks mostly English, is starting to sing the Dutch nursery rhyme Hop Marjanneke. It's pretty amazing how long lasting nursery rhymes tend to be. This one is from the year 1800 or so, more than two centuries old, and mocks the French occupation force from Napoleon Bonaparte's time.

And now, more than two hundred years later, a little girl in Canada is singing it. The lament of using to have a prince, but now have to deal with the bald French (referring to their lack of wigs after the French revolution in 1789.)

Image depicts Napoleon's entrance into Amsterdam.