"the Cow with the crumpled horn in the house that Jack built"

 This is the House that Jack Built is a British nursery rhyme. It first appeared in print in 1755, although its origins are probably much earlier. It is what is known as a cumulative tale, which involves a great deal of repetition, and builds up from verse to verse. Various versions of the nursery rhyme exist; in one version, the ‘cow with the crumpled horn’ is referred to in the fifth section like this:

                                                                 This is the cow with the crumpled horn

                                                                 That tossed the dog that worried the cat

                                                                 That killed the rat that ate the malt

                                                                 That lay in the house that Jack built. 

     

                                                

 

 

The example quoted above reaches a climax with the following verse:

 

                 

Illustrated book cover 1878
Public DomainIllustrated book cover 1878 - Credit: Randolph Caldecott
Illustrated book cover 1878
Public DomainIllustrated book cover 1878 - Credit: Randolph Caldecott

                  This is the horse and the hound and the horn 

                  That belonged to the farmer sowing his corn

                  That kept the cock that crowed in the morn

                  That woke the priest all shaven and shorn

                  That married the man all tattered and torn

                  That kissed the maiden all forlorn

                  That milked the cow with the crumpled horn

                  That tossed the dog that worried the cat

                  That killed the rat that ate the malt

                  That lay in the house that Jack built