The House that Jack Built

Illustrated by Randolph Caldecott

Jack opens his house to a woman and children and invites them in
This is the House that Jack built
Jack proudly shows his house to some friends sitting on a bench in his garden

This is the Malt,
that lay in the House that Jack built.

Jack discovers a rat that has bitten one of his bags on malt

This is the Rat,
that ate the Malt,
that lay in the House that Jack built.

Jack's cat watching out for rats in the attic

This is the Cat,
that killed the Rat,
that ate the Malt,
that lay in the House that Jack built.

The dog sitting in the garden, and a few geese looking at him

This is the Dog,
that worried the Cat,
that killed the Rat,
that ate the Malt,
that lay in the House that Jack built.

The cow with the crumpled horn running to the dog

This is the Cow with the crumpled horn,
that tossed the Dog,
that worried the Cat,
that killed the Rat,
that ate the Malt,
that lay in the House that Jack built.

The maiden sitting on a stool in the grass

This is the Maiden all forlorn,
that milked the Cow with the crumpled horn,
that tossed the Dog,
that worried the Cat,
that killed the Rat,
that ate the Malt,
that lay in the House that Jack built.

The Man all tattered and torn kissing the Maiden all forlorn

This is the Man all tattered and torn,
that kissed the Maiden all forlorn,
that milked the Cow with the crumpled horn,
that tossed the Dog,
that worried the Cat,
that killed the Rat,
that ate the Malt,
that lay in the House that Jack built.

The Priest, all shaven and shorn

This is the Priest, all shaven and shorn,
that married the Man all tattered and torn,
that kissed the Maiden all forlorn,
that milked the Cow with the crumpled horn,
that tossed the Dog,
that worried the Cat,
that killed the Rat,
that ate the Malt,
that lay in the House that Jack built.

The Cock that crowed in the morn

This is the Cock that crowed in the morn,
that waked the Priest all shaven and shorn,
that married the Man all tattered and torn,
that kissed the Maiden all forlorn,
that milked the Cow with the crumpled horn,
that tossed the Dog,
that worried the Cat,
that killed the Rat,
that ate the Malt,
that lay in the House that Jack built.

The Farmer who sowed the corn

This is the Farmer who sowed the corn,
That fed the Cock that crowed in the morn,
that waked the Priest all shaven and shorn,
that married the Man all tattered and torn,
that kissed the Maiden all forlorn,
that milked the Cow with the crumpled horn,
that tossed the Dog,
that worried the Cat,
that killed the Rat,
that ate the Malt,
that lay in the House that Jack built.

The Cow tossing the Dog

From The House that Jack built.
London: Frederick Warne and Co., 1878.

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