The Queen of Hearts

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"The Queen of Hearts" is an English poem and nursery rhyme based on the characters found on playing cards, by an anonymous author, originally published with three lesser-known stanzas, "The King of Spades", "The King of Clubs", and "The Diamond King", in the British publication The European Magazine, vol. 1, no. 4, in April 1782. However, Iona and Peter Opie have argued that there is evidence to suggest that these other stanzas were later additions to an older poem.

 

"The Queen of Hearts" Lyrics


"The Queen of Hearts" relates that the Queen of Hearts bakes some tarts which the Knave of Hearts steals. The King of Hearts has the Knave punished, so he brings them back and pledges not to steal again.

The Queen of Hearts
She made some tarts,
All on a summer's day;

The Knave of Hearts
He stole those tarts,
And took them clean away.

The King of Hearts
Called for the tarts,
And beat the knave full sore;

The Knave of Hearts
Brought back the tarts,
And vowed he'd steal no more.

"The Queen of Hearts" Chords


    C
The Queen of Hearts
    F
She made some tarts,
    C             G
All on a summer's day.
    C
The Knave of Hearts
   F
He stole those tarts,
    G         G7.     C
And took them clean a-way.
    C
The King of Hearts
       F
Called for the tarts,
    C                   G
And beat the knave full sore.
    C
The Knave of Hearts
        F
Brought back the tarts,
    G          G7       C
And vowed he'd steal no more.

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