Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary is an English nursery rhyme with no clear origins and meaning that was first published in the mid 18th century. Some believe the rhyme is a religious allegory of Catholicism, while others believe it is a reference to Mary, Queen of Scots or Mary 1 of England.
The most common form of the rhyme is:
“Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.”
- Mary Mary Quite Contrary makes a garden around Oscar's trash can in a a 2009 episode of Sesame Street.
- The Babies take on the rhyme once again in the Big Book of Nursery Rhymes & Fairy Tales.
- Rock-a-bye Babies features the Sesame Street Babies acting out the rhyme.