Jack Be Nimble

“Jack Be Nimble” is traditional nursery rhyme dating back to the 18th century England.

The song was printed in James Orchard Halliwell’s English Nursery Rhymes and Fairy Tales collection in the middle of the 19th century. It was found in an old manuscript, from around 1815.

The origin of the “Jack be nimble” is mostly related to the famous English pirate Black Jack, who lived in the late 16th century, and always succeeded to escape from the authorities.

“Jumping over candlesticks” or “Candle-leaping” was traditional in England, mostly practiced in the markets and fairs. It was believed that it is a good-luck sign to succeed to clear the candle and to not damp down the flame.

“Jack be nimble” Lyrics

Jack be nimble,
Jack be quick,
Jack jump over
The candlestick.