Ring Around A WHAT?

OK, once and for all - did the nursery rhyme “Ring Around a Rosy” originate during or as a result of the Black Plague? I’ve heard and read conflicting reports about this and want to see conclusive evidence!



Cecil discusses this on page. 478 of More of the Straight Dope, but I can’t find the column online.

My recollection as a child, decades ago in London:

Ring a ring o’rosies,
A pocket full of posies,
Tishoo! Tishoo!
We all fall down.

Whereupon we did (and kids today have the Internet…)