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Little Jack Horner 2 - WW Denslow - Project Gutenberg etext 18546
William Wallace Denslow’s illustration of the rhyme, 1902

"Little Jack Horner" is a popular English language nursery rhyme that was first mentioned in the 18th century.

Lyrics and melody

The song’s most common lyrics are:

Little Jack Horner
Sat in the corner,
Eating his Christmas pie;
He put in his thumb,
And pulled out a plum,
And said, "What a good boy am I!"

It was first documented in full in the nursery rhyme collection Mother Goose's melody, or, Sonnets for the cradle, which may date from 1765, although the earliest surviving English edition is from 1791.

The melody commonly associated with the rhyme was first recorded by the composer and nursery rhyme collector James William Elliott in his National Nursery Rhymes and Nursery Songs (1870).

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