A Nursery Song
A Nursery Song
As I walked over the hill one day,
I listened, and heard a mother-sheep say:
"In all the green world there is nothing so sweet
As my little lammie, with his nimble feet,
With his eyes so bright,
And his wool so white,
Oh, he is my darling, my heart's delight. "
And the mother-sheep and her little one
Side by side lay down in the sun;
And they went to sleep on the hillside warm,
While my little lammie lies here on my arm.
I went to the kitchen, and what did I see,
But the old gray cat with her kittens three!
I heard her whispering soft, said she:
"My kittens, with tails all so cunningly curled,
Are the prettiest things that can be in the world;
The bird on the tree,
And the old ewe - she,
May love their babies exceedingly;
But I love my kittens there
Under the rocking-chair,
I love my kittens with all my might.
I love them morning, noon, and night,
Now I'll take up my kitties, the kitties I love,
And we'll lie down together beneath the warm stove."
Let the kitties sleep under the stove so warm,
While my little darling lies here on my arm.
I went to the yard, and saw an old hen
Go clucking about with her chickens ten.
She clucked, and she scratched, and she bustled away.
And what do you think I heard her say?
I heard her say: "The sun never did shine
On anything like these chickens of mine.
You may hunt the full moon and the stars, if you please,
But you never will find ten such chickens as these.
My dear, downy darlings! My sweet little things!
Come nestle now, cozily, under my wings."
So the hen said,
And the chickens all sped
As fast as they could to their nice feather-bed,
And there let them sleep in their feathers so warm,
While my little chick nestles here on my arm.
This poem can be found in Nature in Verse: A Poetry Reader for Children (1897) and was written by Mrs. Carter.
Thanks and Acknowledgements
This poem can be found in "The Child's Companion"¯ (1844) with the author given as S.W.P.
Thanks to Monique Palomares for the illustration!