Gateway to the Classics: The Way of the Gate by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
 
The Way of the Gate by  Carolyn Sherwin Bailey

Dirty Jim

There was one little Jim,

'Tis reported of him,

And must be to his lasting disgrace,

That he never was seen

With hands at all clean,

Nor yet ever clean was his face.


His friends were much hurt

To see so much dirt,

And often they made him quite clean;

But all was in vain,

me got dirty again,

And not at all fit to be seen.


The idle and bad,

Like this little lad,

May love dirty ways, to be sure;

But good boys are seen

To be decent and clean,

Although they are ever so poor.

—.JANE TAYLOR.


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