Simple Nursery Rhymes for Piano: Mary Had a Little Lamb

Part of our nursery rhymes series.

Here we present the original illustrations, printed music, printable music and MP3 audio for the nursery rhyme Mary Had a Little Lamb.

Original Printed Score

This original music appeared in the 1911 book “Our Old Nursery Rhymes”. This image is not of high enough quality to print in full size so we have provided a PDF file transcription below.

Printable PDF Transcription

This PDF file contains the transcribed music and lyrics. It can be downloaded at the link below.

MP3 Audio

Listen to the MP3 audio file below.


1. Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow,
And ev’rywhere that Mary went
The lamb was sure to go.
He followed her to school one day,
That was against the rule.
It made the children laugh and play
To see a lamb at school.

2. So the Teacher turned him out
But still he lingered near,
And waited patiently about
Till Mary did appear;
And then he ran to her and laid
His head upon her arm
As if he said “I’m not afraid,
You’ll keep me from all harm.”

3. “What makes the lamb love Mary so?”
The eager children cry,
“O, Mary loves the lamb you know,”
The Teacher did reply;
“And you each gentle animal
In confidence may bind,
And make them follow at your call
If you are always kind.”