22. Jack Sprat

Pease Porridge

Lyrics: Jack Sprat

Jack Sprat
Could eat no fat,
His wife could eat no lean;
And so,
Betwixt them both,
They licked the platter clean.

The name Jack Sprat was used of people of small stature in the sixteenth century. This rhyme was an English proverb from at least the mid-seventeenth century. As with many nursery rhymes, Jack Sprat may have originated as a satire on a public figure: namely King Charles I, and his queen Henrietta Maria.