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POEM: MARY HAS A LITTLE LAMB

We all love this CLASSIC but did you know? The nursery rhyme, which was was first published in 1830, is based on...

Written by Chinwe Nwagu · 1 min read >

We all love this CLASSIC but did you know?

The nursery rhyme, which was was first published in 1830, is based on an actual incident involving Mary Elizabeth Sawyer, a woman born in 1806 on a farm in Sterling, Mass. In 1815, Mary, then nine, was helping her father with farm chores when they discovered a sickly newborn lamb in the sheep pen that had been abandoned by its mother. Mary was allowed to keep the animal after much pleading.

Despite the fact that her father did not hold out much hope for its survival. Against all odds, Mary nursed the lamb back to health.

“In the morning, much to my girlish delight, it could stand; and from then on, it improved rapidly. It soon learned to drink milk, and from the time it could walk, it would follow me anywhere if I just called it,” Mary would later write in the 1880s, decades after the incident. And, yes, the lamb would follow her wherever she went and had a white as snow fleece.

 

SING WITH ME..

Mary had a little lamb,
Little lamb, little lamb,
Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow,
And every where that Mary went,
Mary went, Mary went,
Everywhere that Mary went,
The lamb was sure to go;
He followed her to school one day,
School one day, school one day,
He followed her to school one day,
Which was against the rule;
It made the children laugh and play,
Laugh and play, laugh and play,
It made the children laugh and play,
To see a lamb at school,
And so the teacher turned him out,
Turned him out, turned him out,
So the teacher turned him out,
But still he lingered near,
And waited patiently about,
Patiently about, patiently about,
Waited patiently about,
Till Mary did appear;
“Why does the lamb love Mary so?
Mary so, Mary so,
Why does the lamb love Mary so?”
The eager children cried;
“Why Mary loves the lamb, you know,
Lamb you know, lamb you know,
Why Mary loves the lamb, you know”
The teacher did reply;
Mary had a little lamb,
Little lamb, little lamb,
Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow.

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