Ann Taylor (poet)

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Ann Taylor (right) and her sister, Jane Taylor (left), by Isaac Taylor

Ann Taylor (June 30 1782December 20 1866) was a writer of hymns and nursery rhymes. Her sister was Jane Taylor.


  • Who ran to help me when I fell,
    And would some pretty story tell,
    Or kiss the place to make it well?
    My mother.
    • "My Mother," from Original Poems for Infant Minds (1804)
  • For God, who lives above the skies,
    Would look with vengeance in his eyes
    If I should ever dare despise
    My mother.
    • "My Mother" (1804)


  • I thank the goodness and the grace
    Which on my birth have smiled,
    And made me in these Christian days,
    A happy English child.
    • Jane Taylor, "A Child's Hymn of Praise," from Hymns for Infant Minds (1810)
  • I love little pussy, her coat is so warm;
    And if I don't hurt her she'll do me no harm.
    • Anon, "Little Pussy," from Hints for the Formation of Infant Schools (1829)
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