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LITTLE JACK HORNER

 

Little Jack Horner

Sat in the corner,

Eating a Christmas pie;

He put in his thumb,

And pulled out a plum,

And said, What a good boy am I!

-- Anonymous

 

Note: One interpretation of this nursery rhyme relates it to Jack Horner, steward to the last Abbot of Glastonbury Abbey. Supposedly, the abbot sent Horner to London to present a pie to Henry VIII with the deeds to 12 manors inside. During the journey, Horner opened the pie and took the deed to Mells, which was indeed acquired by the family at that time, although they claim that it was purchased legitimately.