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Dear Teacher

In the kid's song of Mary Had a Little Lamb....

.......

"Why does the lamb love Mary so?"
Love Mary so? Love Mary so?
"Why does the lamb love Mary so?"
The eager children cry

"Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know."
Loves the lamb, you know, loves the lamb, you know
"Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know."
The teacher did reply

Can you tell me what the teacher did reply ?

thaks a lot.
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Can I paraphrase?

The children ask, "Why does the lamb love Mary so much?"
The teacher replies, "(Because) Mary loves the lamb."
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Thank you very much. Doctor D.

and why the writer use " did reply" , what thoughs is in the writer's mind?

I mean just use " replied."

thanks.
Probably for meter (rhythm).
Thank you very much.
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