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Title: The extraordinary adventures of poor little bewildered Henry who was shut up in an old Abbey for three weeks
Alternate Title: Little bewildered Henry
Adventures of little bewildered Henry
Physical Description: 31 p. : ill. ; 10 cm.
Language: English
Creator: F. Houlston and Son ( Publisher )
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Publisher: Houlston and Stoneman, 65, Paternoster Row ...
Place of Publication: London
Publication Date: 1850
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Subject: Missing children -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Dogs -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Christian life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
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THE

EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES
OF

POOR LITTLE

BEWILDERED HENRY,

Who was shut up in an old Abbey for
Three Weeks.


A STORY FOUNDED ON FACT.


BY
THE AUTHOR OF NOTHING AT ALL,"
ETC.


LONDON:
HOULSTON AND STONEMAN,
65, PATERNOSTER ROW.
1850.






THE ADVENTURES
OF
Little Bewildered Henry.


" OH, mamma! mamma!
where is you, mamma?"
sobbed little Henry, a sweet




8 LITTLE BEWILDERED HENRY.
child of three years old, as
he stood in the lawn, oppo-
site the door, with the wind
blowing his pretty hair and
clothes all about him: Oh,
mamma! mamma! where is
you? I don't know where
is you, my own mamma."
"What are you crying
for?" said Bill Boldface, a
naughty boy in the village,
"eh, what are you crying
for, you bold puppy? It's
a good scelping you want.
Don't you know what a
scelping is, my boy?-a
good whipping."
No, no! me don't want




LITTLE BEWILDERED HENRY. 1
a whipping, me don't want a
whipping; me want mamma.
Oh! where is you, my own
mamma? "
Well, she's gone into the
wood there; and, if you don't
make haste and run after her,
a big pig that's there under
the tree, all bloody, with long
ears and cocked tail, will eat
her. Run, my boy: that's
right: run, now, run."
Poor little Henry, much
more alarmed for his mamma
than for himself, flew into
the wood with the hope of
saving her; and having run
a good way without stop-
B




10 LITTLE BEWILDERED HENRY.
ping, calling all the time for
his dear mamma, he tripped
against a tree and fell: but
quickly recovering, he stood
up and continued his race,
till, quite exhausted, he sat
down on the grass, and there
continued panting and cry-
ing bitterly. At last, he
turned round; and what
should he see, to his great
joy, but his favourite dog
Fidelle. O, Fidelle! Fi-
delle! said the baby, hug-
ging his little arms round
the dog's neck, 0 where's
mamma? and where's papa?
and where's nurse? Where,




LITTLE BEWILDERED HENRY. 11
Fidelle? cannot you tell me
where?" But having re-
ceived no answer, he stood
up, and again commenced
his journey, and Fidelle ran
on before; and it was asto-
nishing what a length of way
the baby walked, till, at last,
he came to the foot of a high
mountain.
And now night came on,
and the wind blew strong
and cold; and little Henry,
quite bewildered, turned into
a narrow path, shaded by
oak, and elm, and sycamore
trees, and the baby again
tripped against the root of




12 LITTLE BEWILDERED HENRY.
one of them, and fell; and
his little hand came against
a stone, and he was much
hurt, and his heart beat, and
the tears streamed down one
of the prettiest little faces
that ever was seen, and the
wind blew his pretty hair off
his forehead, and it would go
to your very heart to hear
his little mournful cry, call-
ing out for his mamma, his
own dear mamma.
At length, the moon arose
in great splendour, and little
Henry saw at a distance an
old abbey, all covered with
ivy, and looking so dark and





LITTLE BEWILDERED HENRY. 13


dismal, it would frighten any
one from going in. But
Henry's little heart, occu-
pied by the idea of his mam-
ma, and with grief that he
could not find her, felt no
fear; but walking in, he saw
a cell in the corner that look-





14 LITTLE BEWILDERED HENRY.
ed like a baby-house, and,
with Fidelle by his side, he
bent his little steps towards
it, and seating himself on a
stone, he leaned his pretty
head against the old wall,
and fell fast asleep.
Overcome with fatigue,
the sweet baby slept soundly
till morning; but when he
awoke Fidelle was gone,
and he felt very hungry.
And he again set up his little
cry, "Oh, mamma! mamma!
where is you, mamma? Oh!
I want my breakfast! I want
my breakfast!" At length,
he spied Fidelle cantering




LITTLE BEWILDERED HENRY. 15


in with something in her
mouth, and having laid it
by Henry's side, she darted
out of the abbey. Henry
took it up: it was a large
piece of white bread, which
the faithful creature had
met with somewhere, and




16 LITTLE BEWILDERED HENRY.

brought to her little favou-
rite.*
You may suppose how
happy the poor child was to
get it; and while he was
eating it, a grey owl march-
ed from her nest in the wall,
and began picking up the
crumbs. This greatly amused
little Henry; and, in a few
minutes after, there came a
great set of sparrows, and a
robin-redbreast, and two of
them began to fight. And
this made Henry laugh; and,
on the whole, they so occu-

A fact.




LITTLE BEWILDERED HENRY. 17

pied him all day, he was less
unhappy than the day be-
fore; and, when night came,
he lay down near the nest of
the owl and her young ones,
and slept soundly.
Next day, faithful Fidelle
again appeared with a piece
of boiled beef in her mouth,
which having left at Henry's
feet, she scampered off, and
Henry ate heartily, and gave
some to the owls. And when
he could forget his mamma,
which indeed was not often,
these birds used to amuse
his little mind. But, to-
wards evening, getting very




18 LITTLE BEWILDERED HENRY.
thirsty, he again began to
cry, and to call for mamma;
and God, who watches over
little infants just the same as
if they were grown men, put
it into his little heart to walk
outside the abbey, where
was a nice stream running
through the grass: and the
baby, recollecting he had
seen a boy, the week before,
lying on the ground drink-
ing out of a stream near pa-
pa's house, knelt down and
took a hearty drink of the
clear water.
And now, near a week
passed over, Fidelle con-




LITTLE BEWILDERED HENRY. 19

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stantly bringing a supply of
food, and the owls, and the
sparrows, and the robin, shar-
ing'the welcome morsel, and
affording Henry's little mind
constant amusement and oc-
cupation. At length, the
little birds began not to be
afraid of Henry; and they




20 LITTLE BEWILDERED HENRY.

would come and hop by his
side, and pick up the crumbs,
and almost eat from his hand.
And one of them built its
nest close to him, and laid
two eggs, and every evening
would sing such a sweet
song, that really the baby
began to get reconciled, and





LITTLE BEWILDERED HENRY. 21

used to feel like a little king
among them all. And now
we must leave our mighty
monarch for a while, and re-
turn to his disconsolate pa-
rents.
The evening Bill Boldface
had met him, and sent him
so cruelly into the wood,
mamma was out walking,
and on her return enquired
for the baby.
O," said papa, he is
safe: I saw him in nurse's
arms a few minutes ago."
Mamma immediately went
up to the nursery, and there
heard that nurse had gone




22 LITTLE BEWILDERED HENRY.
off to see her sister, who
lived about two miles dis-
tant, and, of course," said
the nursery-maid, she has
taken Master Henry with
her."
Impressed with this idea,
mamma returned to tea; but
when night came, she began
to get very uneasy, for nurse
did not return. O," said
papa, you know she often
remains at her sister's; and
though she has done very
wrong in keeping the baby
out, yet she is so fond and
careful of him, we need not
be uneasy." But what was




LITTLE BEWILDERED HENRY. 23
their distraction when morn-
ing came ?-nurse returned,
but no baby!
The whole country was
searched, the ponds and lake
were searched, every spot
searched but the very place
the baby was in. Advertise-
ments were put in all the
papers, and the poor father
and mother were near sink-
ing under the distraction of
their mind. Unfeeling Bill
Boldface, who could have
set all to rights, had sailed
off to America the very morn-
ing after the sweet baby had
disappeared.




24 LITTLE BEWILDERED HENRY.
At length, one morning,
the distracted father per-
ceived Fidelle jumping upon
the table and seizing a large
piece of bread, fly off with
it to the wood. The Lord
instantly put it in his heart
to follow the dog, who led
him into the abbey; and
there, surrounded by his lit-
tle subjects the birds, fast
asleep, (for he had just fal-
len asleep on his throne,) lay
the little monarch. His hand
was placed under his little
head, and the leaves of the
ivy and the yew were all
scattered about him. "My




LITTLE BEWILDERED HENRY. 25
child! my child !" said the
poor father, darting forward,
and snatching him in his
arms; "'tis my Henry! my
cherub! my darling! 0
gracious God! is it indeed
my child?"
The well-known voice a-
roused Henry, and flinging
his little arms around papa's
neck, he begged to be ta-
ken instantly to mamma,
saying, as his happy papa
carried him out of the ab-
bey, Good-bye, little birds,
good-bye: I'll come back
to-morrow, and bring you
some white bread; but now





26 LITTLE BEWILDERED HENRY.


I must go see mamma.
Good-bye, little birds, good-
bye."
Poor mamma, when she
saw him, overcome by her
feelings, fainted away. When
she recovered, she threw her-
self on her knees in gratitude





LITTLE BEWILDERED HENRY. 27

to God for thus so wonder-
fully preserving her little
darling.
And now, my children,
pause for a moment, and re-
flect on the goodness of God
so powerfully displayed in
this little story. You see how
he directed Fidelle to bring
food for the support of this
little baby; you see how
wonderfully he was preserv-
ed, and how, at length, he
was restored to his parents.
Those parents were truly re-
ligious, and therefore their
prayers were heard-For the
eyes of the Lord are over the




28 LITTLE BEWILDERED HENRY.
righteous, and his ears are
open unto their prayers: but
the face of the Lord is against
them that do evil. (1 Pet.
iii. 12.) O my children!
love God, and make Christ
your friend, and then they
will watch over you as they
did over little Henry; and,
when you die, they will take
you up to live with them-
selves, and you shall be sur-
rounded by the happy angels
in heaven.
Perhaps my little readers
may like to hear something
of poor Fidelle. Soon after
her visits to the abbey, she




LITTLE BEWILDERED HENRY. 29
had two little pups. One of
them died, but the other
Henry reared with the great-
est tenderness; while its
good old mother, beloved
and even respected (which
is not generally the case with
dogs) by all the family, lived
to an advanced age: and
when she died, they buried
her in the garden, under the
spreading branches of an old
sycamore tree.
Little Henry, trained in
the love and fear of God,
grew up one of the best of
children. Every where he
went, the blessing of God





30 LITTLE BEWILDERED HENRY.


was with him, for Christ
was his friend: and when
little Henry had committed
a fault, he would apply to
his kind Saviour, who was
then always ready to pro-
cure God's pardon for him.
In the course of time, his
mamma taught him the fol-
lowing little poem.
Thou Friend of my childhood, and Guide
of my youth,
Thou Father of mercies, and Fountain of
truth ;-
Protect and direct me wherever I stray,
And bless little Henry each hour in the
day.
When up in the morning I rise from my bed,
O, let thy kind angels be plac'd o'er my
head;


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S LITTLE BEWILDERED HENRY. 31

And when at my tasks, at my school, or
my play,
Still bless little Henry each hour in the day.

When night spreads its shade o'er the
waves of the deep,
And Henry is sunk in the stillness of sleep,
O, still let thy poor child be dear in thy
sight,
And bless little Henry each hour in the
night.





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