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[31] friends naturally inferred that he was the author of it. No question as to the authorship was raised till in 1829 Mrs. Sarah Josepa (Buell) Hale, afterwards editor of Godey's Monthly, published a volume of poems for children, and included in them were six stanzas, entitled ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb.’ The additional verses are:—
And then it ran to her, and laid
     Its head upon her arm,
As if to say, “I'm not afraid, You'll keep me from all harm.

“What makes the lamb love Mary so?”
     The eager children cry;
“Oh, 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 will,
If you are only kind.

If this was an incident in Mrs. Hale's life, as some of her friends assert, why doesn't the poem begin with ‘Sarah had a little lamb’? It has been printed ‘Lucy had a little lamb.’

Mrs. Tyler's friends and Mrs. Hale's unflinchingly maintain their position. Mrs. Tyler's cousin, who lives in the same house in which she was born and married, deposed before a notary public that he attended school in the same schoolhouse, and that the facts referring to the incident of the lamb and the poem are true.

Both parties are honorable people, and the reasonable solution is that the verses are so simple that they almost make themselves, and when Mrs. Hale heard them in her childhood they became a part of her mental furniture, and for a time were forgotten. In later years memory unconsciously reproduced them as original forms, and she added the other three stanzas, believing that the entire poem was her own.

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