Weddings and Funerals

Weddings and Funerals

Weddings and Funerals is a nursery rhyme or folksong and playground game.

A wedding song we played for you,
The dance you did but scorn.
A woeful dirge we chanted, too,
But then you would not mourn.


The verse is based on the verses Matthew 11:17 and Luke 7:32 in the New Testament of the Christian Bible.

The exact words of this English nursery rhyme were incorporated as the translation of these verses in the International Standard Version (2008).[1]

In context, the verse was spoken by Jesus as a reproach to those people who rejected both the austere lifestyle and preaching of John the Baptist and his own more accessible ministry.[2]


  1. ^ Matthew 11:17, parallel translations at
  2. ^ Matthew Henry's Commentary on Matthew 11:16-24, available online at