"When she was bad" (1871)

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BAD SHE WAS HORRID--818 Google hits,  1,560 Google Groups  hits
I originally posted on this several years ago, perhaps in the old archives.
This poem was thought to have been written by Longfellow, but there's never a
good date attached. It's not attributed to anyone here. Note the extra
verses!...Don't know if Fred has it.
The Ohio Democrat (New Philadelphia, Ohio)
22 September 1871
pg. 1, col. 4:
_That Little Girl._
There was a little girl
And she had a little curl,
Right in the middle of her forehead,
When she was good,
She was very, very good,
And when she was bad she was horrid.
She went up-stairs,
And he parents unawares,
Was a-looking out of the window;
She stood on her head,
In her little trundle-bed,
And nobody near to hinder.
Her mother heard the noise,
And she thought it was the boys,
A playing in the empty attic;
But she ran up-stairs,
And caught her unawares,
And spanked her most emphatic.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

There was a little girl

_1_ (http://eir.library.utoronto.ca/rpo/display/poem1345.html#1)
There was a little  girl,
               2        Who had  a little curl,
               3 Right in the middle of her forehead.
               4        When  she was good,
               5        She was  very good indeed,
               6But when she was bad she was horrid.
1] Longfellow's second son Ernest says of this poem: "It was  while walking
up and down with his second daughter, then a baby in his arms,  that my father
composed and sang to her the well-known lines .... Many people  think this a
Mother-Goose rhyme, but this is the true version and history"  (15-16).

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