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.
“Little Miss Muffet” was first published in Songs for the Nursery in 1805. A theory that the rhyme was written by 16th-century English naturalist and physician, Thomas Muffet, is popular but unproven, as is speculation that the rhyme actually refers to Mary, Queen of Scots (1543-1587) and her fear of religious reformer, John Knox.