this is the house that jack built

This Is the House That Jack Built” is a popular British nursery rhyme and cumulative tale. It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 20584. It is Aarne–Thompson type 2035

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  1. This is the house that Jack built. 
  2. This is the malt
    That lay in the house that Jack built. 
  3. This is the rat,
    That ate the malt
    That lay in the house that Jack built. 
  4. This is the cat,
    That kill’d the rat,
    That ate the malt
    That lay in the house that Jack built. 
  5. 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. 
  6. 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. 
  7. 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. 
  8. 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. 
  9. 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. 
  10. 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. 
  11. 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.

Source: James Orchard Halliwell [Halliwell-Phillipps], The Nursery Rhymes of England: Collected Chiefly from Oral Tradition, 4th edition (London: John Russell Smith, 1846), no. 398, pp. 175-78

 

What happened in the house that Jack built? It all started with the cheese that lay in the house that Jack built. And then came the rat that ate the cheese and the cat who killed the rat. Caldecott Medal? winning author and illustrator Simms Taback brings his distinctive humor and creativity to the beloved story of Jack and the house that he built.

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