Little Bo-Peep

By Mother Goose Mother Goose
Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep,
And can't tell where to find them;
Leave them alone, and they'll come home,
Bringing their tails behind them.

Little Bo-Peep fell fast asleep,
And dreamt she heard them bleating;
But when she awoke, she found it a joke,
For they were still all fleeting.

Then up she took her little crook,
Determined for to find them;
She found them indeed, but it made her heart bleed,
For they'd left their tails behind them.

It happened one day, as Bo-Peep did stray
Into a meadow hard by,
There she espied their tails, side by side,
All hung on a tree to dry.

She heaved a sigh and wiped her eye,
And over the hillocks she raced;
And tried what she could, as a shepherdess should,
That each tail be properly placed.

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

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Poet Mother Goose

Subjects Relationships, Pets, Activities, Jobs & Working, Sports & Outdoor Activities

Poetic Terms Common Measure, 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, Pets, Activities, Jobs & Working, Sports & Outdoor Activities

Poetic Terms Common Measure, Nursery Rhymes

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