We originally placed this Nursery Rhyme, "There was a little girl" , in our category 'Lost Lyrics of an Old Nursery Rhyme', thanks to Rilla, one of our visitors.
We have now received information from Susan Witchlet who has told us the following:
"This actually isn't a nursery rhyme. It is a poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The line "she was very, very good" should actually be "she was very good indeed". Longfellow's second son Ernest says of this poem: "It was while walking up and down with his second daughter, then a baby in his arms, that my father composed and sang to her the well-known lines .... Many people think this a Mother Goose rhyme, but this is the true version and history"