Sarah Josepha Hale


Sarah Josepha Hale was born on October 24th, 1788 in Newport, New Hampshire. Poet, Sarah Josepha Hale is best known for creating the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” However, her work extends far beyond her writing. Her influence can be seen in historic sites and a famous national holiday still widely celebrated today. Source


Mary’s Lamb

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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Anthology Years:



Education & Learning


Literary Devices:


conversation between two or more people as a feature of a book, play, or movie


correspondence of sound between words or the endings of words, especially when these are used at the ends of lines of poetry


a comparison between two unlike things using the words “like” or “as”