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"The Pet Lamb" - William Henry Lippincott (1849-1920)

“The Pet Lamb” – William Henry Lippincott (1849-1920)

A Child’s Pet

When I sailed out of Baltimore,

With twice a thousand head of sheep,

They would not eat, they would not drink,

But bleated o’er the deep.

Inside the pens we crawled each day

To sort the living from the dead;

And when we reached the Mersey’s mouth

Had lost five hundred head.

Yet every night and day one sheep,

That had no fear of man or sea

Stuck through the bars its pleading face,

And it was stroked by me.

And to the sheep-men standing near,

‘You see,’ I said, ‘this one tame sheep?

It seems a child has lost her pet,

And cried herself to sleep.’

So every time we passed it by

Sailing to England’s slaughterhouse,

Eight ragged sheep-men — tramps and thieves —

Would stroke that sheep’s black nose.

W.H. Davies ~ 1919

 

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