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Jack and Jill

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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 got Jack, and home did trot
As fast as he could caper
He went to bed and bound his head
With vinegar and brown paper.

Jack and Jill has two possible origins, both stating the last bit of verse was added later to give a happier ending to a children’s poem. One speculation is that Jack is King Louis XVI who broke his crown by being beheaded, and Jill would be Marie Antionette whose head came tumbling after. Another theory is that the Jack refers to a half pint, and Jill is a gill which is a quarter pint measure. In the 17th century when King Charles I wanted to reform taxes on liquid measures, he was refused by Parliament. So being crafty, he decided to decree a downsize instead to make more money. So depending on which origin you pick, it’s either a grisly or greedy tale.

Jack and Jill story - The French (history) connection!
The roots of the story, or poem, of Jack and Jill are in France. Jack and Jill referred to are said to be King Louis XVI - Jack -who was beheaded (lost his crown) followed by his Queen Marie Antoinette - Jill - (who came tumbling after). The words and lyrics to the Jack and Jill poem were made more acceptable as a story for children by providing a happy ending! The actual beheadings occurred in during the Reign of Terror in 1793. The first publication date for the lyrics of Jack and Jill rhyme is 1795 - which ties-in with the history and origins. The Jack and Jill poem is also known as Jack and Gill - the mis-spelling of Gill is not uncommon in nursery rhymes as they are usually passed from generation to generation by word of mouth.