Sarah Josepha Hale

Mary Had a Little Lamb

Mary had a little lamb,

Its fleece was white as snow;

And everywhere 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,

And still he lingered near,

And waited patiently about,

Till Mary did appear.


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And then he ran to her, and laid

His head upon her arm,

As if he said, "I'm not afraid;

You'll save me from all harm."


"What makes the lamb love Mary so?"

The eager children cry.

"Oh! Mary loves the lamb, you know,"

The teacher did reply.