Spotlight Poetry – This is the House that Jack Built – Anonymous – A Traditional Nursery Rhyme

The IMAGE depicts a PAINTING / ILLUSTRATION titled by the ARTIST PAUL GALDONE. The work is an ILLUSTRATION. The image supports the POEM THIS IS THE HOUSE JACK BUILT written by the POET ANONYMOUS.

© Paul Galdone, The House that Jack Built, 1961

This is the House that Jack Built – Anonymous

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 kill’d the rat,
That ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the dog,
That worried the cat,
That kill’d the rat,
That ate the malt

That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the cow with the crumpled horn,
That toss’d the dog,

That worried the cat,
That kill’d the rat,
That ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the maiden all forlorn,
That milk’d the cow with the crumpled horn,
That tossed the dog,
That worried the cat,

That kill’d the rat,
That ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the man all tatter’d and torn,
That kissed the maiden all forlorn,
That milk’d the cow with the crumpled horn,
That tossed the dog,

That worried the cat,
That kill’d the rat,
That ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the priest all shaven and shorn,
That married the man all tatter’d 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 kill’d the rat,
That ate the malt

That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the cock that crow’d in the morn,
That waked the priest all shaven and shorn,

That married the man all tatter’d and torn,
That kissed the maiden all forlorn,
That milk’d the cow with the crumpled horn,
That tossed the dog,

That worried the cat,
That kill’d the rat,
That ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the farmer sowing his corn,
That kept the cock that crow’d in the morn,
That waked the priest all shaven and shorn,
That married the man all tatter’d and torn,

That kissed the maiden all forlorn,
That milk’d 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.

Poem Attribution © Anonymous, This is the house that Jack built – Traditional Nursery Rhyme

Source Attribution https://sites.pitt.edu/~dash/type2035.html

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Painting / Illustration Attribution © Paul Galdone, The House that Jack Built, 1961

Source Attribution https://www.yesterdaysgallery.com/pages/books/20708/paul-galdone/the-house-that-jack-built

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