Another of Leigh Hunt‘s poems (see my yesterday’s blog post)was extremely popular in the early part of the 20th Century. Its moral message became a means of passing on to young children a homily on how they should conduct their lives. As such it was just the poem to encourage pupils in their school to commit to memory. My mother, who I have mentioned in a previous blog . [ q.v. @ ( August 31st 2016 … ‘A Mother’s Legacy’) ] had a great love of poetry deriving largely from her having memorised many poems from her school-days. She retained these in her memory throughout her life, and she loved to recite them as she went about the house doing her daily chores. Because of this, and without consciously setting out to do so, I have memorised these poems myself. I am still able to recall, as with ‘Barbara Frietchie’ (Follow the above link), word-for-word the whole of this poem . . .