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Poem by Katherine Mansfield


A Few Rules for Beginners


Babies must not eat the coal
And they must not make grimaces,
Nor in party dresses roll
And must never black their faces.

They must learn that pointings rude,
They must sit quite still at table,
And must always eat the food
Put before them--if theyre able.

If they fall, they must not cry,
Though its known how painful this is;
No--theres always Mother by
Who will comfort them with kisses.



Katherine Mansfield


Katherine Mansfield's other poems:
  1. Sanary
  2. A New Hymn
  3. Song of Karen, the Dancing Child
  4. The Lonesome Child
  5. Waves


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