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HEAR WHAT MA'AM GOOSE SAYS!
My dear little Blossoms, there are now in this world, and a
will be, a great many grannies besides myself, hoth in petticoa
pantaloons, some a cleal younger to be sure; but all monstrous
and of my own family name. These old women, who neve
chick nor child of their own, but who always know how to bril
other people's children, will tell you with very long faces, th:
enchanting, quieting, soothing volume, my all-sufficient anodyr
cross, peevish, won't-be-comforted little bairns, ought to be laid
for more learned books, such as they could select and pu
Fudge! I tell you that all their batterings can't deface my bea
nor their wis e pratings equal my wiser prattlings; and all imit
of my refreshing songs might as well write a new Billy Shakes
as another Mother Goose: we two great poets were born toge
and we shall go out of the world together

No, no, my Melodies will never die,
While nurses sing. or babies cry.

HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

FROM THE FAMILY OF
GHARLES ELIOT NORTON
NOVEMBER 16, 1927

HISTORY OF THE GOOSE FAMILY.

[From the Boston Transcript.) COTTON MATHER AND MOTHER GOOSE. Mr. Editor :- Your correspondent, N. B. S., has so decisively given a quietus to the question as to the birth place of Cotton Mather, that there is no danger of its ever being revived again. But there is another question of equal importance to many, to the literary world in particular, which should in like manner be put to rest. Who was Mother Goose ? and when were her melodies first given to the world? These are questions which have been often asked, but have never been satisfactorily answered. The recent publication of a book called “Mother Goose for Old Folks” has again

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Juy 1870.8

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A Gift to
HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

in Memory of
Charles Eliot Norton

1827-1908

From his Children
Richard Norton, Sara Norton, Rupert Norton

Eliot Norton, Margaret Norton
Elizabeth Gaskell Norton

November 16, 1927

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