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I Won't Be My Father's Jack

I Won't Be My Father's Jack - Mama Lisa's House of English Nursery Rhymes, Intro Image


I won't be my father's Jack*,
I won't be my father's Jill**;
I will be the fiddler's wife,
And have music when I will.
T'other little tune,
T'other little tune,
Prithee, Love, play me
T'other little tune.

Notes

*Jack can refer to a peasant or be the generic name for a lad - sometimes with a derogatory connotation like a knave.
**Jill is sometimes used as the female equivalent of Jack in the sense above - the generic term for a lass. It too can have a derogatory meaning, like wench.

Comments

This rhyme and illustration can be found in The Real Mother Goose (1916), illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright.

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