I must not teaze my Mother
Sigourney, L. H., Poems for Children (Hartfield: Canfield and Robins, 1836): 13-15. Internet Archive
1I must not teaze my Mother;
2 For she is very kind,
3And every thingshe says to me,
4 I must directly mind:
5For when I was a baby.
6 Her care both night and day,
7While I was helpless and afraid,
8 I never can repay.
9I must not teaze my Mother:
10 And when she likes to read,
11Or has the head-ache, I will step
12 Most silently indeed;
13I must not choose a noisy play,
14 Nor trifling troubles tell,
15But sit down quiet by her side,
16 And try to make her well.
17I must not teaze my Mother:
18 I've heard dear father say,
19When I was in my cradle sick,
20 She nurs'd me night and day.
21And now she listens to my wants,
22 She gives me clothes and food,
23And cheers me with a loving smile,
24 While trying to be good.
25I must not teaze my Mother;
26 She loves me all the day.
27And she has patience with my faults,
28 And teaches me to pray;
29How much I'll strive to please her,
30 She every hour shall see,
31For should she go away, or die,
32 What would become of me?
RPO poem Editors:
Ian Lancashire / Sharine Leung