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Mary's Little Lamb Statue - Sterling, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 26.275 W 071° 45.600
19T E 272989 N 4702090
Quick Description: Mary's Little Lamb statue is located on Main Street and Meetinghouse Hill Road in Sterling, MA; the hometown of Mary Elizabeth Sawyer and her pet lamb, the subjects of the familiar children's nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb".
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 7/12/2014 11:48:38 AM
Waymark Code: WMM31N
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 3

Long Description:

The popular nursery rhyme was first published by Sarah Josepha Hale on May 24, 1830. The poem was inspired by an actual incident. When Mary Sawyer took her pet lamb to school a commotion ensued.

In Mary's words: "Visiting school that morning was a young man by the name of John Roulstone, a nephew of the Reverend Lemuel Capen, who was then settled in Sterling. It was the custom then for students to prepare for college with ministers, and for this purpose Mr. Roulstone was studying with his uncle. The young man was very much pleased with the incident of the lamb; and the next day he rode across the fields on horseback to the little old schoolhouse and handed me a slip of paper which had written upon it the three original stanzas of the poem."

The full text of the poem:

Mary had a little lamb,
His fleece was white as snow,
And everywhere that Mary went,
The lamb was sure to go.

He followed her to school one day,
Which was against the rule,
It made the children laugh and play
To see a lamb at school.

And so the teacher turned it out,
But still it lingered near,
And waited patiently about,
Till Mary did appear.

"Why does the lamb love Mary so?"
The eager children cry.
"Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know."
The teacher did reply.

The bronze statue is located in a small green the center of Sterling, MA. The life-size lamb stands on a rectangular granite base that has three plaques.

The side plaque has the first verse of the poem:

"Mary had a little lamb,
His fleece was white as snow,
And everywhere that Mary went,
The lamb was sure to go."
John Roulstone
The front plaque is inscribed:

BORN IN STERLING, MASS.
MARY ELIZABETH SAWYER
1806 - 1889
AND HER LITTLE LAMB

The rear plaque is inscribed:

This memorial, commemorating the
poem, "Mary had a little lamb",
by the STERLING HISTORICAL SOCIETY,
it was made possible by donations
from the "young-at-heart" everywhere
***
Dedicated Mar. 1991

Price of Admission: 0.00 (listed in local currency)

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