Jack and Gill

Original Text: 
Mother Goose's Melody: A facsimile reproduction of the earliest known edition, ed. W. F. Prideaux (London: A. H. Bullein, 1904): 37. DeLury Collection F, Fisher Rare Book Library. The original is Mother Goose's Melody: or, Sonnets for the Cradle (London: Francis Power, 1791).
2Went up the hill,
3To fetch a pail of water;
4Jack fell down
5And broke his crown,
6And Gill came tumbling after.

Notes

1] The Opies add a second verse from other sources:
Up Jack got, and home did trot,
As fast as he could caper,
To old Dame Dob, who patched his nob
With vinegar and brown paper.
See The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes, ed. Iona and Peter Opie (1951; Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1966), no. 254, pp. 224-26. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1765
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.
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