Juvenile Amusements (1797):
“Humpty Dumpty”
by Samuel Arnold

Juvenile Amusements

Title: “Humpty Dumpty”

Medium: nursery rhyme

Publication date: 1797

Publisher: unknown
Written by: Samuel Arnold

Roud Folk Song Index Number: 13026

2 characters in this story:

(Click links for info about character
and his/her religious practice, affiliation, etc.)
Pub. #
Humpty Dumpty Humpty Dumpty
(lead character)
lead character
CBR Scale: I sentient inanimate
[egg from nursery rhyme; sat on a wall, had a great fall...] Macmillan 40
all the king's men all the king's men
supporting character group
  [couldn't put Humpty Dumpty together again] Bygone Productions 2

The earliest known printed version of this nursery rhyme was published in Samuel Arnold's Juvenile Amusements in 1797. The nursery rhyme itself may be much older.

This 1797 version is different from the modern version known throughout the English-speaking world. This version reads as follows:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
Four-score Men and Four-score more,
Could not make Humpty Dumpty where he was before.