Sprat could eat no fat,
wife could eat no lean,
And so betwixt them both, you see,
licked the platter clean.
Midi: Jack Sprat
Many 'Nursery Rhymes' have political origins.
It is said that Jack Sprat was King Charles I.
This rhyme poked fun at Charles I of England and his greedy wife,
Henrietta Maria. When Parliament refused to finance Charlesâ€™
war with Spain and left him â€ślean,â€ť he turned the tables
and dissolved Parliament. He and his wife imposed an illegal war
tax and forced the common people to house their troops. They â€ślickedâ€ť
England clean to feed their own appetites.