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I've been thinking about patience a lot lately and this poem preaches that virtue. It would also be a great poem to use when teaching point of view in poetry.
The Spider by Jane Taylor
"OH, look at that great ugly spider!" said Ann;
"'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,
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?
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,
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
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,
Or else, to your shame, it may seem to be true,
That a poor little spider is wiser than you. "