To be sung to the tune of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. With feeling. 


Blackie the Black Death Microbe

Caused a very nasty plague

And if you ever caught it

You’d contract buboes and ague


All of the other microbes

Used to laugh and call it names

They’d never let Yersinia Pestis

Join in any microbe games



Then one foggy Christmas Eve [probably not]

Somewhere in the East

Blackie jumped on board a flea

And the rest is history!


Blackie the Black Death Microbe

Killed about a third of Europe

And when it got to Britain

It’s worldwide death toll flew up!


Let’s take a second to appreciate the Black Death of 1348 and possibly buy an appropriate gift for the Fourteenth Century Medievalist in your life: