Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down and broke his crown
And Jill burst out with laughter.

Up Jack got, his face red hot
 And banged Jill with the bucket.
 T'was such a clout, he blurted out
                What sounded like, 'oh phucket'.               


 Had Jack and Jill gone down the hill
They would have found more water,
With no cure job for old Dame Dob
Who'd still have Jill, her daughter.

The origin of the true Jack and Jill nursery rhyme is unknown although there are a few theories. One of them is connected to King Charles and his attempt (blocked by Parliament) to reform liquid measures in the 17th century, hence the reference to 'his crown'. For this theory 'Jill' would then be 'gill', or a quart pint, etc.  
Like Humpty Dumpty, the earliest publication was as part of the Mother Goose nursery rhyme series (John Newbery, 1760).
Parody © Mirino. Illustration by William Wallace Denslow c. 1902 (with thanks and apologies for altering Jill's expression). With thanks also to Wikimedia Commons. December, 2011

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