Mary Had A Little Lamb
Did you know that this best known English nursery rhyme was first published by Sarah Joseph Hale on this very day in 1830? Talk about standing the test of time!
Until I researched Mary Had A Little Lamb, I thought it was from around one hundred years later. I also thought it would have been written by someone we have heard of, like say Enid Blighton.
Another interesting fact is that the poem was the first-ever recorded poem. It was recorded by Thomas Edison on a phonograph, with Edison himself reading the poem!
Anyway, here is the full poem for those of you who don’t know it. Plus a link to the music sheet for our musically-inclined readers
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.
It followed her to school one day,
Which was against the rule;
It made the children laugh and play
To see a lamb at school.
And so the teacher turned it out,
But still it lingered near,
And waited patiently about
Till Mary did appear.
Why does the lamb love Mary so?
The eager children cry;
Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know,
The teacher did reply.