The Cut

Original Text: 
Ann and Jane Taylor, Original Poems for Infant Minds, 2 volumes, and Rhymes for the Nursery, preface by Christina Duff Stewart (New York: Garland, 1976): 24-25. 2 vols. PR 4712 G6A17 1976 Robarts Library
1WELL, what's the matter ? there's a face
2    What ! has it cut a vein ?
3And is it quite a shocking place ?
4    Come, let us look again.
5I see it bleeds, but never mind
6    That tiny little drop ;
7I don't believe you'll ever find
8    That crying makes it stop.
9'Tis sad indeed to cry at pain,
10    For any but a baby ;
11If that should chance to cut a vein,
12    We should not wonder, may be.
13But such a man as you should try
14    To bear a little sorrow :
15So run along, and wipe your eye,
16    'Twill all be well to-morrow.
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1996-2000.