Jack Sprat Nursery Rhyme Lyrics, Video, and Printable

Jack Sprat/Spratt is a traditional English rhyme that originated in the 16th century.

The song is thought to be a satire about the English King, Charles the First.

That was before it was printed in the 1765 edition of Mother Goose’s Melody, which gave it entry into the library of English nursery rhymes now lovingly passed onto children.

Today, the song is often used to teach the importance of sharing and cooperation and is beloved by both children and adults.

Lyrics for Jack Sprat

Jack Sprat could eat no fat
His wife could eat no lean.
And so between them both, you see
They licked the platter clean.

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Samantha Bellerose has a Bachelor of Education as well as a Diploma in Performing Arts. She is a mom to four children and is passionate about education and learning. Samantha created Nursery Rhyme Central as the go to place for parents, teachers and carers about all things to do with Nursery Rhymes. She is also the Main Author and creator for websites Dance Parent 101 and Move Dance Learn, where she shares her knowledge and expertise for dance and learning through movement.

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