Three Little Maids

Author: Lewis Carroll  | Date: 1869


(To the three Misses Drury.)

THREE little maids, one winter day,

While others went to feed,

To sing, to laugh, to dance, to play,

More wisely went to- Reed.

Others, when lesson-time’s begun,

Go, half inclined to cry,

Some in a walk, some in a run;

But these went in a- Fly.

I give to other little maids

A smile, a kiss, a look,

Presents whose memory quickly fades;

I give to these- a Book.

Happy Arcadia may blind,

While all abroad, their eyes;

At home, this book (I trust) they’ll find

A very catching prize.

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Chicago: Lewis Carroll, Three Little Maids Original Sources, accessed May 25, 2024,

MLA: Carroll, Lewis. Three Little Maids, Original Sources. 25 May. 2024.

Harvard: Carroll, L, Three Little Maids. Original Sources, retrieved 25 May 2024, from