“Jack Sprat” Nursery Rhyme Lyrics

“Jack Sprat or (Jack Spratt)” is a nursery rhyme from England dating back to 1639. The name Jack Sprat was a nickname used for people small in stature. The following is the original version by John Clarke:

Jack Sprat will eat not fat,
and Jull doth love no leane.
Yet betwixt them both
they licked the dishes cleane.

Another version:

Jack Sprat could eat no fat,
His wife could eat no lean,
And so betwixt the two of them,
They lick’d the platter clean.

Jack ate all the lean,
Joan ate all the fat.
The bone they pick’d it clean,
Then gave it to the cat.

Jack Sprat was wheeling,
His wife by the ditch.
The barrow turn’d over,
And in she did pitch.

Says Jack, “She’ll be drowned!”
But Joan did reply,
“I don’t think I shall,
For the ditch is quite dry.”

The most popular modern version of “Jack Sprat” is:
Jack Sprat could eat no fat.
His wife could eat no lean.
And so between them both, you see,
They licked the platter clean.