April 27, 2009

Little Girls Must Not Fret

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--Description: 19th C, Taylor J., Children, Parenting--
 

 
What is it that makes little Emily cry?
Come then, let mamma wipe the tear from her eye:
There­ -- lay down your head on my bosom­ -- that's right,
And now tell mamma what's the matter to-night.

What! Emmy is sleepy, and tired with play?
Come, Betty, make haste then, and fetch her away;
But do not be fretful, my darling; you know
Mamma cannot love little girls that are so.

She shall soon go to bed and forget it all there­
Ah! here's her sweet smile come again, I declare:
That's right, for I thought you quite naughty before.
Good night, my dear child, but don't fret any more.

Jane Taylor


--Did You Know: Taylor was an English poet and novelist. She wrote the words for the song Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star in 1806 at age 23, while living in Shilling Street, Lavenham, Suffolk.

--Word of the Day: insensate \in-SEN-sayt; -sit\, adjective
Meaning: 1. Lacking sensation or awareness; inanimate. 2. Lacking human feeling or sensitivity; brutal; cruel. 3. Lacking sense; stupid; foolish.
Example: The religion of primeval humans, he suggested, held that souls inhabited not only human beings but also animals, trees, plants--even rocks, rivers, and other natural features we regard as insensate.
(Bill Strubbe, "The world as self, the self as world", The World & I, June 1, 1997)

--Quote of the Day: “Who of us is mature enough for offspring before the offspring themselves arrive? The value of marriage is not that adults produce children, but that children produce adults.”
(Peter De Vries)

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