Jack Sprat

Original Text: 
Mother Goose's Melody: A facsimile reproduction of the earliest known edition, ed. W. F. Prideaux (London: A. H. Bullein, 1904): 43. DeLury Collection F, Fisher Rare Book Library. The original is Mother Goose's Melody: or, Sonnets for the Cradle (London: Francis Power, 1791).
2Could eat no fat,
3His wife could eat no lean;
4And so betwixt them both,
5They lick'd the platter clean.

Notes

1] See The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes, ed. Iona and Peter Opie (1951; Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1966), no. 264, p. 238. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1639
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.
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