Frère Jacques is a song that is sung by German cardinals outside the windows of French cardinals attending a conclave in Rome, thereby setting off the Grand Central Schism (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies, 58).


Frère Jacques is a nursery rhyme of French origin about a friar who has overslept and is urged to wake up and sound the bell for the matins, the midnight or very early morning prayers for which a monk would be expected to wake.  In English, the word friar is derived from the Old French word frere[1].


  1. Wikipedia: Frère Jacques

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