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Monday, October 03, 2005

The Rest of the Story

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

Up got Jack, and home did trot
As fast as he could caper
He went to bed and bound his head
With vinegar and brown paper.
The root of this child's nursery rhyme is in France and the Jack and Jill referred to are Louis XVI who was beheaded (lost his crown) followed by his Queen Marie Antoinette (who came tumbling after). The words and lyrics were made more palatable for the nursery by giving it a happy ending and has further been altered by the passage of time - the actual beheadings occurred in 1793. The first publication date for the lyrics of this nursery rhyme is 1795 which tie-in with the history and origins.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

And, altho' I don't have a lot of the facts at hand, many nursery rhymes are related to things like the Plague (Ring Around the Rosies, Pocket Full of Posies). Interesting historical info.

10:32 PM


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