Jack be nimble
Jack be quick
Jack jump over
lost in the depths of time?
Unable to trace a commonly agreed upon origin for this particular
nursery rhyme however could be connected to Black Jack, a pirate
who was notorious for escaping from the authorities in the late
16th century. The words and lyrics of this nursery rhyme cannot be
further analysed due to the brevity of the text of the lyrics but
could be associated with the old tradition and sport of 'candle
leaping' which used to be practised at English fayres.