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★ Little Jack Horner History:
The Little Jack Horner is well known UK nursery rhyme often heard sung by little kids in schools and kindergartens. The song is marked in the Roud Folk Song Index by the number 13027 and has been written somewhere in the 16th century.
So, here is the story: There was a steward by the name Thomas Horner, steward to Richard Whiting, coincidentally one of the last abbots at Glastonbury Abbey. Now, since King Henry was dissolving the monasteries, the abbot apparently sent his steward to London, carrying a gift in the shape of a Christmas pie, in which he hid twelve title deeds of different manors, designed to appeal to King Henry in the hopes of Glastonbury surviving the purging of the monasteries.
The moral message on the other hand is very mixed. On one side it seems like a surprisingly hearty endorsement of greed. This of course led to many rewrites of the poems done by educators in order to “rectify” it morally, leading to our boy Jack giving his pie to a poor woman and being rewarded by a freshly baked one upon returning home.