The Good-Natured Girls

Two good little children, named Mary and Ann,
Both happily live, as good girls always can;
And though they are not either sullen or mute,
They seldom or never are heard to dispute.

If one wants a thing that the other would like­
Well,­what do they do? Must they quarrel and strike?
No, each is so willing to give up her own,
That such disagreements are there never known.

If one of them happens to have something nice,
Directly she offers her sister a slice;
And never, like some greedy children, would try
To eat in a corner with nobody by!

When papa or mamma has a job to be done;
These good little children immediately run;
Nor dispute whether this or the other should go,
They would be ashamed to behave themselves so!

Whatever occurs, in their work or their play,
They are willing to yield, and give up their own way:
Then now let us try their example to mind,
And always, like them, be obliging and kind.

by Jane Taylor

Comments (5)

THIS POEM IS AMAZING!
I love this poem very much
This is a piece of shite. A purely fascist tool used towards the oppression of the feminine. It is no wonder the minions of Western Society can savor its bitter spite. For the writer to be deemed a poetess of a degree is but proof Western Civilization has succeeded in the genocide of poetry.
This Poem would be a GREAT children's book.
Sweet poem...really very sweet. :)