What are the lyrics to 'Jack and Jill'?

Here are the lyrics to all three verses of the nursery rhyme 'Jack and Jill'

Jack and Jill lyrics
Published: May 1, 2022 at 3:43 pm
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When was the nursery rhyme Jack and Jill' written?

It is thought the nursery rhyme 'Jack and Jill' dates back to the 18th century, but it could be much older - no one really knows. Over time two more verses got added, including one where poor old Jill gets into trouble!

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What is the meaning behind 'Jack and Jill'?

The origins of the rhyme is unknown but that doesn't stop theories circulating. Anglican priest Baring-Gould suggested that the rhyme is related to a 13th-century Icelandic fable Gylfaginning in which brother and sister Hjuki and Bil were stolen by the Moon while drawing water from a well.

Other theories suggested are the executions of Richard Empson and Edmund Dudley in 1510, or could it refer to King Charles I 's attempt to raise extra revenue by reducing the volume of a Jack (1/8 pint), while keeping the tax the same - the cunning so-and-so?

Jack and Jill have been commonly used as a way of describing a boy and girl for centuries and there is the famous the proverb "Every Jack (shall/must) have his Jill", whichShakespeare used in two of his plays

So in short we will probably never know the true origins of this much-loved nursery rhyme.

What are the lyrics to Jack and Jill?

Jack and Jill
Went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water
Jack fell down and broke his crown
And Gill came tumbling after.

Up Jack got
And home did trot,
As fast as he could caper;
Went to bed
To mend his head
With vinegar and brown paper.

Jill came in
And she did grin
To see his paper plaster;
Mother, vex’d,
Did whip her next
For causing Jack's disaster

Top illustration by Dorothy M. Wheeler, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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