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Nursery rhymes have been chanted by young children for generations. The origins of many rhymes are disputed, and a considerable body of research exists into their history. The earliest nursery rhymes still known today date back to the 18th century and most are believed to mock political, royal and religious events. Whilst once they might have represented the height of political satire, for the last few generations, they have simply been rhymes recited in childhood to aid the development of language. Children love to learn and sing short rhymes and in this respect, nursery rhymes work wonderfully well!