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The origin of the song is that Mary Sawyer had a pet lamb which she took to school, causing a disturbance.
Mary’s recollection: “Visiting school that day was a boy named John Roulstone. The young man was very much amused with the incident and the next day rode back to the schoolhouse and handed me a slip of paper which had the three original verses of the poem.”
There are several differing theories on the source of the lyrics of this poem. Some say Roulstone wrote the first four lines. Another theory is that the other verses, less childish than the first, were composed by Sarah Hale. A third theory is that Hale wrote the entire poem.
The song is famed for being the first recording by Thomas Edison on his new invention, the phonograph. It was the first time anything had ever been recorded.
Mary had a little lamb,
His fleece was white as snow,
And everywhere that Mary went,
The lamb was sure to go.