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Mary Had a Little Lamb

"Mary Had a Little Lamb" is a classic nursery rhyme written by Sarah Josepha Hale in 1830. It was inspired by an actual event involving a young girl named Mary Sawyer and her pet lamb. Legend has it that Mary's lamb followed her to school one day, much to the amusement of her classmates. Hale, fascinated by this story, penned the poem to capture the charm and innocence of childhood.

 

Mary had a little lamb, 

little lamb, little lamb.

Mary had a little lamb,

its fleece was white as snow. 

 

And everywhere that Mary went. 

Mary went. Mary went. 

And everywhere that Mary went,

the lamb was sure to go. 

 

It followed her to school one day,

school one day, school one day. 

It 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 the lamb at school. 

 

And so the teacher sent it out, 

sent it out, sent it out. 

And so the teacher sent it out, 

but still it lingered near.

 

It stood and waited round about, 

round about, round about. 

It stood and waited round about,

till Mary did appear. 

 

“Why does the lamb love Mary so, 

 Mary so, Mary so? 

 Why does the lamb love Mary so?”

 the little children cry

 

 Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know.”

 the teacher did reply

 

History of The Poem

"Mary Had a Little Lamb" is a popular nursery rhyme about a girl named Mary who has a pet lamb. The lyrics tell the story of how Mary took the lamb to school, but the other children were afraid of it because of its size. The teacher allowed Mary to bring the lamb to school, and it became popular among the children. The tune to the song is simple and easy to remember, making it a popular choice for children's parties and other events. And so, the tale of Mary and her little lamb continues to enchant children around the world, reminding us of the joy found in the simplest of friendships.

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