Doctor Foster went to Gloucester
In a shower of rain.
He stepped in a puddle
Right up to his middle
And never went there again!
~ Poet unknown, England, xiii c.
This nursery rhyme was purportedly written in reference to King
Edward I (b.1239 CE d.1307), "Doctor Foster," after he tumbled
from his horse into a muddy puddle. Angered and embarrassed
by the incident, he refused to pay any further visits to Gloucester.
In a bygone era, the story became a warning to children that the
puddles found on roads might be deeper than they appeared.