Karen Beil

the ORIGINAL nursery rhyme

 

THIS IS THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT


This is the Malt that lay in the House that Jack built.


This is the Rat that ate the Malt

That lay in the House that Jack built.


This is the Cat that killed the Rat

That ate the Malt that lay in the House that Jack built.


This is the Dog that worried the Cat

That killed the Rat that ate the Malt

That lay in the House that Jack built.


This is the Cow with the crumpled horn

That tossed the Dog that worried the Cat

That killed the Rat that ate the Malt

That lay in the House that Jack built.


This is the Maiden all forlorn

That milked the Cow with the crumpled horn

That tossed the Dog that worried the Cat

That killed the Rat that ate the Malt

That lay in the House that Jack built.


This is the Man all tattered and torn

That kissed the Maiden all forlorn

That milked the Cow with the crumpled horn

That tossed the Dog that worried the Cat

That killed the Rat that ate the Malt

That lay in the House that Jack built.  


This is the Man all tattered and torn

That kissed the Maiden all forlorn

That milked the Cow with the crumpled horn

That tossed the Dog that worried the Cat

That killed the Rat that ate the Malt

That lay in the House that Jack built.

LONDON, 1878. Randolph Caldecott illustrated the version on this page in his first picture book. With the success of “The House that Jack Built” and “The Diverting History of John Gilpin,” Caldecott (1846-1886) published two picture books every December for the rest of his too-short life. The books sold for a shilling a piece. By the time of his death eight years later in St. Augustine, FL, his books had sky-rocketed from an initial print run of 10,000 copies to a total sales of more than 800,000 copies.

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This is the Priest all shaven and shorn

That married the Man all tattered and torn

That kissed the Maiden all forlorn

That milked the Cow with the crumpled horn

That tossed the Dog that worried the Cat

That killed the Rat that ate the Malt

That lay in the House that Jack built.


This is the Cock that crowed in the morn

That waked the Priest all shaven and shorn

That married the Man all tattered and torn

That kissed the Maiden all forlorn

That milked the Cow with the crumpled horn

That tossed the Dog that worried the Cat

That killed the Rat that ate the Malt

That lay in the House that Jack built.


This is the Farmer who sowed the corn

That kept the Cock that crowed in the morn

That waked the Priest all shaven and shorn

That married the Man all tattered and torn

That kissed the Maiden all forlorn

That milked the Cow with the crumpled horn

That tossed the Dog that worried the Cat

That killed the Rat that ate the Malt

That lay in the House that Jack built.  

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