‘Early to bed’

By Mary Mapes Dodge 1831–1905
Early to bed and early to rise:
If that would make me wealthy and wise
I’d rise at daybreak, cold or hot,
And go back to bed at once. Why not?

Source: She Wields a Pen: American Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century (University of Iowa Press, 1997)

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Poet Mary Mapes Dodge 1831–1905

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Living, Time & Brevity, Relationships, Home Life

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza, Nursery Rhymes

 Mary Mapes Dodge

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Poet Mary Mapes Dodge was born into an academic family in New York, and was educated at home by tutors. At 20 she married a lawyer with whom she had two children. After her husband’s death seven years later, Dodge began her writing career to support her sons. Dodge’s most famous children’s novel, Hans Brinker; or, The Silver Skates (1865), was inspired by historian John Lothrop Motley’s The Rise of the Dutch Republic and The . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Time & Brevity, Relationships, Home Life

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza, Nursery Rhymes

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