“Jack and Jill”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: c. 1767 (Newbery)
Keywords: injury


"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."


In line with her standard attempts to make mountains out of nursery rhymes, Katherine Elwes Thomas thought that this song was about Cardinal Thomas Wolsey (d. 1530). Evidently it isn't just Republican Presidents who live in fantasy worlds. - RBW


  1. Opie-Oxford2 254, "Jack and Jill went up the hill" (1 text)
  2. Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #48, pp. 58-59, "(Jack and Gill)"
  3. Roud #10266
  4. BI, BGMG058