The Spider Poem by Jane Taylor

The Spider

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"Oh, look at that great ugly spider!" said Ann;
And screaming, she brush'd it away with her fan;
"'Tis a frightful black creature as ever can be,
I wish that it would not come crawling on me. "

"Indeed," said her mother, "I'll venture to say,
The poor thing will try to keep out of your way;
For after the fright, and the fall, and the pain,
It has much more occasion than you to complain.

"But why should you dread the poor insect, my dear?
If it hurt you, there'd be some excuse for your fear;
But its little black legs, as it hurried away,
Did but tickle your arm, as they went, I dare say.

"For them to fear us we must grant to be just,
Who in less than a moment can tread them to dust;
But certainly we have no cause for alarm;
For, were they to try, they could do us no harm.

"Now look! it has got to its home; do you see
What a delicate web it has spun in the tree?
Why here, my dear Ann, is a lesson for you:
Come learn from this spider what patience can do!

"And when at your business you're tempted to play,
Recollect what you see in this insect to-day,
Or else, to your shame, it may seem to be true,
That a poor little spider is wiser than you. "

Brian Jani 14 July 2014

the spider, the ultimate source of fear for many, to me just one of natures wonders.nicely written piece this one

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Booty hole 25 February 2020

What is the theme of this story

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Ambet 09 September 2019

I love y’all

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Dr.subhendu Kar 22 November 2015

this is really wonderful poem to learn web of wisdom as spider weaves to web, yet a marvel!

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Chloe Hale 04 November 2015

This was a very inspiring poem LOL XD -Chloe's BFF Symone

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Chloe Hale 04 November 2015

Shut up SYMONE! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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Chloe Hale 04 November 2015

This was a great poem but why did it have to be about a spider? You could have made it about anything but why a spider? This was a great poem indeed I love your selection of insects. The spider is a source of fear for many including me. I think it was very informational and very descriptive. It was very good.

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Jane Taylor

Jane Taylor

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