"Mary had a little lamb,"

By Sarah Josepha Hale 1788–1879 Sarah Josepha Hale
Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow;
And everywhere that Mary went
The lamb was sure to go.

It followed her to school one day,
Which was against the rule;
It made the children laugh and play
To see a lamb at school.

And so the teacher turned it out,
But still it lingered near,
And waited patiently about
Till Mary did appear.

Why does the lamb love Mary so?
The eager children cry;
Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know,
The teacher did reply.

Source: The Dorling Kindersley Book of Nursery Rhymes (2000)

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Poet Sarah Josepha Hale 1788–1879

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Relationships, Home Life, Pets

Poetic Terms Nursery Rhymes

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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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SUBJECT Relationships, Home Life, Pets

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Poetic Terms Nursery Rhymes

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