, Mother Goose
(French: Ma Mère l'Oye
) is a legendary author of nursery rhymes. No human writer has ever been identified with the name, the first known mention of which appears to originate from a French work, Loret's La Muse Historique
The name is now used as a generic title for collections of nursery rhymess, especially ones of a previous age.
It is also the name of a pantomime featuring nursery rhymme characters.