Georgie Porgie


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Georgie Porgie pudding and pie,
Kissed the girls and made them cry
When the boys came out to play,
Georgie Porgie ran away.



The lyrics to this little ditty are said to be a political commentary on the foreign policy of King George II of England. Minstrels of the era often composed and sang poetry with a political undertone. In this case, George became involved in the political maneuvering prior to the accession of Empress Maria Theresa to the throne of Austria in 1740. When she acceded to the throne, the War of the Austian Succession broke out among the powers of Europe. Over the next three years, George raised an army and had some success on the continent as the last British king to personally lead his army in battle. Among his allies were female monarchs Maria Theresa of Austria and Empress Elizabeth of Russia. These are the “girls” that the rhyme mentions that he “kissed” or allied himself with. Maria Theresa eventually found George to be an unreliable ally and publicly broke with him (as the rhyme says, “made them cry”). The war was unpopular in England. This lack of public support adversely affected George’s ability to continue and gave minstrels the opportunity to criticize George’s conduct of the war. The war continued until 1748, though George was not a significant influence after 1743. Action during these latter was dominated by Frederick the Great of Prussia, Louis XV of France, and other continental monarchs. (These are the “boys” in the rhyme.) The Seven Years’ War (1756-1763) which followed is often considered a continuation. These two wars enhanced the power of Prussia and its King Frederick the Great. Britain’s fortunes may have prospered in North America as a result of these two wars (known as King George’s War and the French and Indian War, respectively), but its power in Europe was not significantly enhanced.  Source Wiki.