Jack Horner (Theodore Distin)

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  • (Posted 2023-10-10)  CPDL #76204:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-10-10).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 591 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2022-01-09)  CPDL #67471:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2022-01-09).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 276 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Jack Horner
Composer: Theodore Distin
Lyricist: Traditional
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsongNursery-rhymeHumorous Song

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1881
    2nd published: 1901 Novello, Ewer, and Co.
Description: Winner of the 1879 Huddersfield prize.

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Original text and translations

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Jack Horner was a pretty lad,
Near London he did dwell;
His father's heart he made full glad,
His mother loved him well;
While little Jack was sweet and young,
If he should chance to cry
His mother pretty sonnets sung,
With lullababy, by.
A pretty lad, a curious wit,
All people spoke in his praise,
And in the corner he would sit,
On Christmas holidays,
and said, Jack Horner, in the corner,
eats good Christmas pie,
And with his thumbs pulls out the plums,
Crying "What a good boy was I."

Adapted from the Nursery Rhyme