Handy Spandy Jack-a-Dandy - English Children's Songs - England - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image

Notes

In some versions he's called "Handy Pandy, Jack-a-dandy".

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Here's a slightly different version of this rhyme from Harry's Ladder to Learning (1850):

Handy-spandy, Jack-a-Dandy
Loves plum-cake and sugar-candy.
He bought some at a grocer's shop,
And pleased, away went, hop, hop, hop.

The Real Mother Goose (1916) has this rhyme as:

Handy Pandy, Jack-a-dandy,
Loves plum cake and sugar candy.
He bought some at a grocer's shop,
And out he came, hop, hop, hop!

Below is a version that goes back to 1726. I found it in A Learned Dissertation on Dumpling:

Nauty Pauty Jack-a-Dandy
Stole a Piece of Sugar-Candy
From the Grocer's Shoppy-shop,
And away did Hoppy-hop.

Jacky Dandy's Delight by Jack Dandy (1799) has the following version:

This is little Jacky Dandy
He loves cake and sugar-candy,
He bought some at the grocer's shop,
And pleased away went hop, hop, hop.

Handy Spandy Jack-a-Dandy - English Children's Songs - England - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Comment After Song Image
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Thanks and Acknowledgements

The 1st illustration and the first version of the rhyme come from The National Nursery Book. The 2nd illustration is from Jacky Dandy's Delight by Jack Dandy (1799).

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