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The Child Who Would Not Be Washed
H. P. Nichols

"Don't wash me, pray, mamma, today,"
I once heard little Jennie say,
"For oh! so very hard you rub,
I never want to see my tub."

"O, very well," her mother said;
"I'll put you back again to bed;
And you must in your night-gown stay,
Nor come down stairs at all to-day."

And then I heard Miss Jennie cry,
And beg mamma to let her try;
And say, as she had done before,
That she'd so naughty be no more.

Her mother turned and left her there;
She heard her step upon the stair;
But in her chamber, all day long,
She staid alone, for doing wrong.

She heard her sister jump and run,
And longed to join her in her fun;
Her brother made a snow-man high;
But she upon her bed must lie.

She heard the merry sleigh-bells ring,
And to the door come clattering;
But Jennie could not go to ride
In night-clothes by her father's side.

And glad was she, as you may guess,
The next day to put on her dress;
She ran and told her mother then
She never would do so again.

This poem is in the public domain.



Henry P. Nichols (1816 - 1890) was from Salem, Massachusetts. He operated a very successful publishing company in Boston in the mid-1800s with partner William Crosby. The company later became Nichols & Noyes.


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clever rhymes, awful punishment for not wanting to be rubbed hard in washing - mother wrong on two counts - ending makes no sense: child was glad to put on her dress and would never do so again ???
Posted 01/24/2022 04:19 PM
And yes, I smiled just as I should For this now was a child who could resist the plans that mother taught and learned her lesson as she aught! (now how is that for truly 'bad' poetry.)
Posted 01/24/2022 11:51 AM

Posted 01/24/2022 11:42 AM
In other words--"I can't make you do it, but I can sure make you wish you had." Lesson learned...but did Mother also consider that maybe she could use a softer touch?
Posted 01/24/2022 09:01 AM
Thank you, Jayne, for this delightful and fanciful post! Really enjoyed it.
Posted 01/24/2022 08:20 AM
A crafty little poem, fun. Another great find.
Posted 01/24/2022 07:16 AM
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