I love you well, my little brother,
And you are fond of me;
Let us be kind to one another,
As brothers ought to be.
You shall learn to play with me.
And learn to use my toys;
And then I think that we shall be
Two happy little boys.
I couldn't find this rhyme in some of the most comprehensive collections of nursery rhymes (such as The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes and The Annotated Mother Goose). Perhaps it was new to the early 20th century. If anyone knows anything about the origin of this rhyme, or if you recall hearing it growing up, please email me and let me know. -Mama Lisa
Claire B. wrote:
I read this poem to my two sons during 1975 and now I am teaching my twin boy grandchildren aged 2 the same poem.
I love it!!!!!
Thanks and Acknowledgements
This rhyme can be found in The Little Mother Goose (1912), illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith, and printed in the USA.
Thanks to Claire B. for commenting on this poem!