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Nursery Rhymes probably didn't begin in the nursery. They are not rhymes created by children but by adults for children. Often the lyrics are to teach or warn in a positive fun way. Some popular rhymes date back to oral traditions, Latin and Greek and 14th century England but it wasn't until the 18th century that they began to be written down. The early nursery rhymes were not just written to entertain children, many reflected the events of the times. The popular Ring Around the Rosey is thought to describe symptoms of the Black Plague of the Middle Ages. Most Nursery Rhymes written in Engl