Jane Taylor

Here you will find the Poem Dirty Jim of poet Jane Taylor

Dirty Jim

THERE was one little Jim, 
'Tis reported of him, 
And must be to his lasting disgrace, 
That he never was seen 
With hands at all clean, 
Nor yet ever clean was his face. . . .

His friends were much hurt 
To see so much dirt, 
And often they made him quite clean; 
But all was in vain, 
He got dirty again, 
And not at all fit to be seen. 

It gave him no pain 
To hear them complain, 
Nor his own dirty clothes to survey: 
His indolent mind 
No pleasure could find 
In tidy and wholesome array. 

The idle and bad, 
Like this little lad, 
May love dirty ways, to be sure; 
But good boys are seen 
To be decent and clean, 
Although they are ever so poor.