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Jack Sprat Could Eat No Fat
JACK Sprat
   Could eat no Fat,
His Wife could eat no Lean;
And so, betwixt them both,
They lick'd the Platter clean.

The Original Mother Goose's Melody, As First Issued by John Newbery, of London, About A.D., 1760. Reproduced in fac-simile from the edition as reprinted by Isaiah Thomas, of Worcester, Mass. About A.D., 1785. With Introductory Notes by William H. Whitmore. Albany, NY: Joel Munsell's Sons, 1889. [Reprinted by Singing Tree Press, Book Tower, 1969] p.43.

JACK SPRAT could eat no fat,
His wife could eat no lean;
And so betwixt them both, 
They lick'd the platter clean.

Old Nurse's Book: Of Rhymes, Jingles and Ditties. Ed. and Illus. by Charles H. Bennett. London, England: Griffith and Farran, 1857. [Facsimile edition reproduced from The Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books. Toronto Public Library by Holp Shuppan, Publishers, Tokyo 1981.] p. 20.

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

Baring-Gould, Sabine. A Book of Nursery Songs and Rhymes. Illus. by Members of the Birmingham Art School under the direction of A. J. Gaskin. London, England: Methuen, 1895, p. 120. No. XXIV in Nursery Jingles Section

JACK SPRAT could eat no fat,
   His wife could eat no lean:
And so, betwixt them both, you see,
   They lick'd the platter clean.

Lang, Andrew, Ed. The Nursery Rhyme Book. Illus. by L. Leslie Brooke. London, England: Frederick Warne and Co., 1897, pp. 206-207.

Jack Sprat could eat no fat,
   His wife could eat no lean,
And so between them both, you see,
   They licked the platter clean.

Opie, Iona and Peter Opie, Comps. The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes. Oxford, England: Clarendon Press, 1951, p.238. No. 264

Jack Sprat 
Could eat no Fat, 
His Wife could eat no Lean;
And so, betwixt them both, 
They lick'd the platter clean. 

Baring-Gould, William S. and Cecil Baring-Gould, Eds. The Annotated Mother Goose: Nursery Rhymes Old and New. New York: Bramhall House, 1962, p. 63. No. 52



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