Nursery Rhymes

Rainbow to Windward

The words and lyrics of the nursery rhyme consists of the old proverb and how people believe the weather can be predicted. Rainbows remained a mystery until the seventeenth century when the French scientist, Rene Descartes, investigated interactions between light and water and Sir Isaac Newton determined that "white" sunlight is actually a combination of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet light - exactly the colors that make up the spectrum of a rainbow. The magical apparition of a rainbow still gives great pleasure and excitement - whatever the prediction it always signifies clear and sunny skies ahead.

There are several rhymes of this nature, some of which also have significant historical relevance such as:

If Candlemas day (2 February) be dry and fair
If St Paul's day (29 June) be fair and clear
St. Swithin's day if thou dost rain

Rainbow to Windward
Nursery Rhyme lyrics, origins and history

Rainbow to windward
Foul fall the day
Rainbow to leeward
Rain runs away

Rainbow to Windward
Nursery Rhyme lyrics, origins and history

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