"Hurt No Living Thing" by Christina G. Rossetti

Hurt no living thing:
Ladybird, nor butterfly,
Nor moth with dusty wing,
Nor cricket chirping cheerily,
Nor grasshopper so light of leap,
Nor dancing gnat, nor beetle fat,
Nor harmless worms that creep.

Sing-song: A Nursery Rhyme Book (1876) | Christina G. Rossetti (1830–1894)

  • Copy the poem on Drawing and Writing Paper.
  • Illustrate your copy.
  • What is the thought behind the poem?
  • Memorize the poem to recite later.
  • See how many of the creatures listed you can find this summer (see resources below).
  • Create an author page for Rossetti.
  • Spend time with the author. Read more from Sing-song (see below).

Additional Resources

Sing-song by Rossetti
Makes a wonderful first poetry book. Also available in the public domain.

Drawing & Writing Notebooking Paper {Free Download}
For copying the poem.

Resources for memorizing the poem.

We’ve amassed quite the collection of all things “bugs”!

Also check out our insect collection.

Author Notebooking Paper
Create an author page for Christina Rossetti.

More from Rossetti in our Online Poetry Anthology:

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