Ann Taylor

Here you will find the Poem The Boys And The Apple-Tree of poet Ann Taylor

The Boys And The Apple-Tree

As William and Thomas were walking one day, 
They came by a fine orchard's side: 
They would rather eat apples than spell, read, or play, 
And Thomas to William then cried: 

'O brother, look yonder! what clusters hang there! 
I'll try and climb over the wall: 
I must have an apple; I will have a pear; 
Although it should cost me a fall!' 

Said William to Thomas, 'To steal is a sin, 
Mamma has oft told this to thee: 
I never have stolen, nor will I begin, 
So the apples may hang on the tree. ' 

'You are a good boy, as you ever have been,' 
Said Thomas, 'let's walk on, my lad: 
We'll call on our schoolfellow, Benjamin Green, 
Who to see us I know will be glad.