Mary’s Lamb by Sarah Josepha Buell 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 keep me from all harm.’

‘What makes the lamb love Mary so?’
The eager 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.’

From:  Hale, Sarah J., Poems for Our Children: including “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” designed for families, Sabbath schools, and infant schools: written to inculcate moral truths and virtuous sentiments, 1916, pp. 6-7.

Date: 1830

By: Sarah Josepha Buell Hale (1788-1879)


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