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MARY'S LAMB, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Mary had a little lamb
Last Line: If you are always kind.'
Alternate Author Name(s): Hale, Sara; Hale, Sarah Josepha
Variant Title(s): Mary And Her Lamb;mary's Little Lamb
Subject(s): Animal Rights; Lambs; Animal Abuse; Vivisection

Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow,
And every where 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,
But still he lingered near,
And waited patiently about,
Till Mary did appear;
And then he ran to her, and laid
His head upon her arm,
As if he said, - 'I'm not afraid -
You'll keep me from all harm.'

'What makes the lamb love Mary so?'
The eager children cry -
'O, Mary loves the lamb, you know,'
The Teacher did reply; -
'And you each gentle animal
In confidence may bind,
And make them follow at your call,
If you are always kind.'

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