How? Why? Well, I recalled this children’s rhyme and was startled by the last line, which I had sung a bizillion times but never noticed. This led me to the internet to explore the song’s origins – which turn out to be disappointingly vague. (American minstrels, published 1852. Adapted by Lewis Carroll, 1871.) My searches uncovered many recent uses of the song in pop media, including Star Trek – which I assume generated this translation.
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Translation from the Acoustic Music Archive.