Poetry For Young Children ~ A Song from the Suds by Louisa May Alcott (Free Printable)

Following is another wonderful poem that kids will enjoy, adding to the Poetry For Young Children series on this blog.  You may enjoy previous posts from this series: My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson and The Rum Tum Tugger by T.S. Eliot.

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Louisa May Alcott was an American writer who lived from 1832 – 1888.  Her most famous novels are Little Women and it’s sequels Good Wives, Little Men and Jo’s Boys.  She grew up in New England, and began A Song from the Suds by Louisa May Alcottachieving success with her writing in the 1860’s. You can find out more about Louisa May Alcott on Wikipedia. This poem is considered to be in the public domain (no longer copyrighted).

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A Song from the Suds by Louisa May Alcott ~ Printable Poem


A Song from the SudsWash Day by aussiegall on flickr

By Louisa May Alcott

Queen of my tub, I merrily sing,
While the white foam raises high,
And sturdily wash, and rinse, and wring,
And fasten the clothes to dry;
Then out in the free fresh air they swing,
Under the sunny sky.

I wish we could wash from our hearts and our souls
The stains of the week away,
And let water and air by their magic make
Ourselves as pure as they;
Then on the earth there would be indeed
A glorious washing day!

Along the path of a useful life
Will heart’s-ease ever bloom;
The busy mind has no time to think
Of sorrow, or care, or gloom;
And anxious thoughts may be swept away
As we busily wield a broom.

I am glad a task to me is given
To labor at day by day;
For it brings me health, and strength, and hope,
And I cheerfully learn to say-
“Head, you may think; heart, you may feel;
But hand, you shall work always!”



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Text (except for poem) Copyright 2014 Kathryn Depew. Image from flickr.com used under the Creative Commons license. Image by aussiegall.

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