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!"
The nursery rhyme was often used to parody the politics and leaders of the day. Seemingly innocent rhymes could easily spread scandalous and scurrilous messages. Their original meanings are often forgotten with the passing of time.
Above: “Little Jack Horner” Snap manufactured by Thomas De la Rue & Co Ltd, c.1890. There are 13 different rhymes with 4 cards of each.
They are: Oranges & Lemons, Little Bo Peep, Old King Cole, Little Tommy Tucker, Little Miss Muffet, Humpty Dumpty, A Frog He Would a Wooing Go, Little Jack Horner, This Little Pig Went to Market, Pat a Cake, Tom the Piper's Son, Old Woman who lived in a Shoe and finally Old Mother Hubbard. Images courtesy Adam West-Watson.