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Ann Taylor

The Pin

"Dear me! what signifies a pin,

Wedg'd in a rotten board?

I'm certain that I won't begin,

At ten years old, to hoard!

I never will be call'd a miser;

No: I'm determin'd to be wiser!"

So onward tript the little maid,

And left the pin behind,

Which very snug and quiet laid,

To its hard fate resign'd;

Nor did she think (a careless chit)

'Twas worth her while to stop for it.

Next day a party was to ride

To see an air balloon;

And all the company beside,

Were drest and ready soon,

But she a woful case was in,

For want of just a single pin.

In vain her eager eye she brings

To every darksome crack,

There was not one! and yet her things

Were dropping off her back.

She cut her pincushion in two,

But no! not one had slidden through.

At last, as hunting on the floor,

Over a crack she lay,

The carriage rattled to the door,

Then rattled fast away;

But poor Eliza was not in,

For want of just—a single pin!

There's hardly any thing so small,

So trifling, or so mean,

That we may never want at all,

For service unforeseen;

And wilful waste, depend upon't,

Brings, almost always, woful want!