Jack and Jill

DESCRIPTION: "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 Jack got, and home did trot, As fast as he could caper, He went to bed to mend his head, With vinegar and brown paper."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: c. 1767 (Newbery)
KEYWORDS: injury
REFERENCES (6 citations):
Opie-Oxford2 254, "Jack and Jill went up the hill" (1 text)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #48, pp. 58-59, "(Jack and Gill)"; also a reproduction of a chapbook edition of c. 1820 facing p. 58
Jack, p. 86, "Jack and Jill" (1 text)
Dolby, p. 68, "Jack and Jill" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Sabine Baring-Gould, _Curious Myths of the Middle Ages_, "New Edition," 1894 (references are to the 2005 Dover paperback reprint), pp. 112-113, "(Jack and Jill)" (1 short text)
Henry Randall Waite, _Carmina Collegensia: A Complete Collection of the Songs of the American Colleges_ first edition 1868, expanded edition, Oliver Ditson, 1876, pp. 30-31, "Jack and Gill" (a combination of "Jack and Jill," "Old Mother Hubbard," and "Mother, May I Go to Swim," with a "Never Get Drunk" chorus)

Roud #10266
NOTES [93 words]: 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). Baring-Gould referred it back to the Scandinavian Eddas, with Hjuki and Bil being children with a pole and bucket who were placed in the sky. Jack reports a story that it's about the execution of Louix XVI and Marie Antoinette (which has the disadvantage of having taken place after Newberry published the piece!). Evidently it isn't just Republican Presidents who live in fantasy worlds. - RBW
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