A Celebration of Women Writers

"Dirty Jim." by Jane Taylor (1783-1824)
Publication: Taylor, Jane & Taylor, Ann. Little Ann and Other Poems. London, New York: George Routledge & Sons, 1883. pp. 24-25.

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom

[Page 24]

DIRTY JIM.

THERE was one little Jim,
'Tis reported of him,
  And must be to his lasting disgrace,
That he never was seen
With hands at all clean,
  Nor yet ever clean was his face.

His friends were much hurt
To see so much dirt,
  And often they made him quite clean;
But all was in vain,
He got dirty again,
  And not at all fit to be seen.

It gave him no pain
To hear them complain,
  Nor his own dirty clothes to survey:
His indolent mind
No pleasure could find
  In tidy and wholesome array.

[Page 25]

The idle and bad,
Like this little lad,
  May love dirty ways, to be sure;
But good boys are seen
To be decent and clean,
  Although they are ever so poor.

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Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom