Mary's Lamb

By Sarah Josepha Hale 1788–1879 Sarah Josepha Hale

Mary had a little lamb,
    Its fleece was white as snow,
And every where that Mary went
    The lamb was sure to go;
He followed her to school one day —
    That was against the rule,
It made the children laugh and play
    To see a lamb at school.

And so the Teacher turned him out,
    But still he lingered near,
And waited patiently about,
    Till Mary did appear.
And then he ran to her and laid
    His head upon her arm,
As if he said — "I'm not afraid —
    You'll shield me from all harm."

"What makes the lamb love Mary so,"
    The little children cry;
"O, Mary loves the lamb you know,
    The Teacher did reply,
"And you each gentle animal
    In confidence may bind,
And make them follow at your call,
    If you are always kind."

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Poet Sarah Josepha Hale 1788–1879

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

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Sarah Josepha Hale was a highly influential 19th-century writer, reviewer, and editor. For nearly 50 years she edited an extremely popular women’s magazine.

Born in Newport, New Hampshire, Hale was schooled at home and later by her husband. Widowed with five children, she attempted a literary career to support her family. She published The Genius of Oblivion and Other Original Poems (1823) anonymously with financial support from . . .

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POET’S REGION U.S., New England

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