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Sarah Josepha Hale was a teacher in New Hampshire in the early 1830s when one of her students, a girl named Mary, brought a pet lamb to school. Hale decided it would be nice to turn the story into a poem. You probably know the rest.

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Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow,
And everywhere that Mary went
The lamb was sure to go;

He followed her to school one day—
That was against the rule,
It made the children laugh and play,
To see a lamb at school.

And so the Teacher turned him out,
But still he lingered near,
And waited patiently about,
Till Mary did appear;

And then he ran to her, and laid
His head upon her arm,
As if he said—"I'm not afraid—
You'll keep me from all harm."

"What makes the lamb love Mary so?"
The eager children cry—
"O, Mary loves the lamb, you know,"
The Teacher did reply;—

"And you each gentle animal
In confidence may bind,
And make them follow at your call,
If you are always kind."

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from Dinosaurs & Dogflowers, released December 23, 2020
Lyrics: Sarah Josepha Hale
Music: attr. Lowell Mason
Arr. Eric Pazdziora

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Eric Pazdziora Gaithersburg, Maryland

Eric Paździora is a composer whose music has been performed and published around the world. Reviewers have described his compositions as “fresh, exciting, and well-crafted” (Pastoral Music) and “an instant classic” (Global Christian Worship). He holds a doctorate in music composition from the University of Maryland.

To hear more, visit www.ericpazdziora.com
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