"Mary had a little lamb,"

By Mother Goose Mother Goose
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 Mother Goose

Subjects Relationships, Home Life, Pets

Poetic Terms Nursery Rhymes

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Mother Goose is often cited as the author of hundreds of children’s stories that have been passed down through oral tradition and published over centuries. Various chants, songs, and even games have been attributed to her, but she is most recognized for her nursery rhymes, which have been familiar with readers of all generations. Her work is often published as Mother Goose Rhymes.
 
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SUBJECT Relationships, Home Life, Pets

Poetic Terms Nursery Rhymes

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