Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill

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 Jack got
And home did trot
As fast as he could caper
Went to bed
And plastered his head
With vinegar and brown paper.

Jill came in and she did grin,
To see his paper plaster,
Mother, vexed, did whip her next,
For causing Jack’s disaster.


It is widely thought the rhyme represents two boys “Jack” and “Gill”. There is no historical record of a girl. When Western Europe split into two sectors, The Holy Roman Empire and France. Wolsey and Tarbes attempted negotiation and peace. When they failed a full-scale war erupted. This rhyme is thought to parody Wolsey’s uphill battle for peace and his eventual failure.