It was known for smugglers to abandon their contraband if they heard the customs men were onto them.
The second verse probably refers to the fact that, in local communities, smugglers were more liked by the locals than the customs men and false trails were often set.
For Crazyhell, from someone who can't post right now....... Humpty Dumpty was a colloquial term used in 15th century England to describe someone who was fat or obese - giving rise to lots of theories pertaining to the identity of Humpty Dumpty.
Humpty Dumpty was in fact an unusually large canon which was mounted on the protective wall of "St. It was intended to protect the Parliamentarian stronghold of Colchester which was in the temporarily in control of the Royalists during the period of English history, described as the English Civil War ( 1642 - 1649).
A shot from a Parliamentary canon succeeded in damaging the wall underneath Humpty Dumpty causing the canon to fall to the ground.
The Royalists 'all the King's men' attempted to raise Humpty Dumpty on to another part of the wall but even with the help of ' all the King's horses' failed in their task and Colchester fell to the Parliamentarians after a siege lasting eleven weeks.
The lyrics to "Polly put the kettle on" Nursery rhyme "Polly put the kettle on" was published in 1797.
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the sachet placed around the victim to mask the stench of deathatishoo atishoo we all fall down ..
the sneezing and collapse attributed to the diseaseashes in the water ashes in the sea... One of the Martello Towers, known informally as Bo Peep was used to house the customs men and sometimes to imprison the smugglers themselves.
the great fire of london credited for ending the plaguewe all jump up with a 1 2 3 .. The Bo Peep public house (which still stands) is said to have been used by smugglers.
The extra verses of the rhyme make more sense in this context than if it is really about a shepherdess.