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Poem of the week: Suppose by Phoebe Cary

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These lines of no-nonsense advice to Victorian children show their age in gender politics, but retain a cheering vigour

Suppose

Suppose, my little lady,
Your doll should break her head,
Could you make it whole by crying
Till your eyes and nose are red?
And would n’t it be pleasanter
To treat it as a joke;
And say you’re glad “’T was Dolly’s
And not your head that broke?”

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