A Celebration of Women Writers

"About The Little Girl That Beat Her Sister." by Ann Taylor (1782-1866)
Publication: Taylor, Jane & Taylor, Ann. Little Ann and Other Poems. London, New York: George Routledge & Sons, 1883. pp. 62-63.

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom

[Page 62]


GO, go, my naughty girl, and kiss
  Your little sister dear;
I must not have such things as this,
  And noisy quarrels here.

What! little children scratch and fight,
  That ought to be so mild;
Oh! Mary, it's a shocking sight
  To see an angry child.

I can't imagine, for my part,
  The reason for your folly;
She did not do you any hurt
  By playing with your dolly.

[Page 63]

See, see, the little tears that run
  Fast from her watery eye:
Come, my sweet innocent, have done,
  'Twill do no good to cry.

Go, Mary, wipe her tears away,
  And make it up with kisses:
And never turn a pretty play
  To such a pet as this is.


Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom