September 16, 2010

Come and Play in the Garden

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

Little sister, come away,
And let us in the garden play,
For it is a pleasant day.

On the grass let us sit,
Or, if you please, we'll play a bit,
And run about all over it.

But the fruit we will not pick,
For that would be a naughty trick,
And very likely make us sick.

Nor will we pluck the pretty flowers
That grow about the beds and bowers,
Because you know they are not ours.

We'll take the daisies, white and red,
Because mamma has often said
That we may gather then instead.

And much I hope we always may
Our very dear mamma obey,
And mind whatever she may say.

Jane Taylor

--Did You Know: Taylor's most famous work, "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," is almost always uncredited; "its opening stanza persists as if it were folklore, the name of its creator almost entirely forgotten." Alternate versions, pastiches, and parodies have abounded for centuries. Read more at: Jane Taylor

--Word of the Day: materfamilias (may-tuhr-fuh-MIL-ee-uhs)/ noun

The female head of a family, household, tribe, etc.
"Equally, as materfamilias, she [Queen Elizabeth] will have time to devote to the motherless Prince William, and to groom him for kingship while his father reigns."

--Quote of the Day: The child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn't been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him.
-Pau (Pablo) Casals)

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