Nursery Rhyme of Innocence and Experience


Betty Roe

Words by:

 Charles Causley

Date of composition:



 Thames Publishing (1971)


 Medium Voice, Piano


 c. 3'

Vocal Range(s):

 e to e'


 Art song

/Nursery Rhyme Of Innoncence And Experience (Cover)This is one of Betty Roe's best loved songs

John Bishop commented;

The habanera rhythm used in Nursery Rhyme of Innocence and Experience turns up in several of her [Betty Roe's] songs. Her setting cleverly comes to terms with the ambiguities and poignancy of Causley's poem.

The song was originally written for children's voices and formed part of a set called Portraits from Union Street with Mevagissy and Timothy Winters.  The other two songs remain in manuscript.

The opening of the song sung by Tenor Martyn Hill from the CD The Music Tree;