“Little Drops of Water (Little Things)”


"Little drops of water, Little grains of sand, Make the mighty ocean And (the pleasant/a beautiful) land."


This item has been variously attributed; _Granger's Index to Poetry_ notes attributions to E. C. Brewer and Frances S. Osgood, but unequivocally lists the author as Julia A. Fletcher Carney. The Baring-Goulds also credit it to her, and Felleman agrees though it gives her name simply as Julia A. Fletcher.

This rather insipid piece (which continues, "So the little moments, Humble though they be, Make the mighty ages Of eternity") is clearly Fletcher Carney's "hit"; _Grangers's_ lists nine books which contain it, but cites no other works from her pen whatsoever. - RBW


  1. MHenry-Appalachians, p. 242, (no title) (1 short text)
  2. Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #798, p. 293, "(Little drops of water)"
  3. ADDITIONAL: Hazel Felleman, Best Loved Poems of the American People, p. 635-636, "Little Things" (1 text)
  4. BI, MHAp242A


Author: Julia A. Fletcher Carney (1823-1908)
Earliest date: 1934 (Henry, from Minnie Stokes)
Keywords: nonballad
Found in: US(SE)