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Title: The Butterfly's ball
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Title: The Butterfly's ball
Alternate Title: Butterfly's ball and the grasshopper's feast
Physical Description: 19 leaves : col. ill., music ; 25 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Roscoe, William, 1753-1831
Publisher: s.n.
Place of Publication: Great Britain?
Publication Date: ca. 1860]
 Subjects
Subject: Insects -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Dance parties -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Printed boards (Binding) -- 1860   ( rbbin )
Bldn -- 1860
Genre: Printed boards (Binding)   ( rbbin )
novel   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: England -- London
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Citation/Reference: BLC,
Citation/Reference: Baldwin Library,
General Note: Cover title.
General Note: Prose adaptation of William Roscoe's poem; includes abridged version of poem and musical setting.
Funding: Brittle Books Program
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Bibliographic ID: UF00003355
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved, Board of Trustees of the University of Florida.
Resource Identifier: aleph - 002224611
oclc - 20966956
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover 1
        Front Cover 2
    Front Matter
        Page 1
        Page 2
        Page 3
    Frontispiece
        Page 4
    The butterfly's ball and the grasshopper's feast
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        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
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    Back Cover
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On the smooth-shaven grass by the side of the wood,
Beneath a broad oak that for ages has stood,
See the children of earth, and the tenants of air,
For an evening's amusement together repair.

And there came the Beetle, so blind, and so black,
Who carried the Emmet, his friend, on his back;
And there came the Gnat, and the Dragonfly too,
And all their relations, green, orange, and blue.

And there came the Moth, with her plumage of down,
And the Hornet, with jacket of yellow and brown,
Who with him, the Wasp, his companion did bring;
They promised that evening to lay by their sting.

Then the sly little Dormouse peep'd out of his hole,
And led to the feast his blind cousin the Mole;
And the Snail, with her horns peeping out from her shell,
Came fatigued with the distance, the length of an ell.

A Mushroom the table, and on it were spread
A Water-dock-leaf, which their table-cloth made,
The viands were various, to each of their taste,
And the Bee brought the honey to sweeten the feast.

With steps more majestic the Snail did advance,
And he promised the gazers a minuet dance;.
But they all laugh'd so loudly he pulled in his head,
And went, in his own little chamber, to bed.

Then, as evening gave way to the shadows of night,
Their watchman, the Glow-worm, came out with his light;
So home let us hasten, while yet we can see,
For no watchman is waiting for you or for me.


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Come, take up your hats, and
away let us haste
To the Butterfly's ball and the Grass-
hopper's feast;
The trumpeter Gad-fly has summon'd the crew,
And the revels are now only waiting for you.
On the smooth-shaven grass by the side of the wood,
Beneath a broad oak that for ages has stood,
See the children of earth, and the tenants of air,
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THE GRASSHOPPER'S FEAST.

T was very early one delightful morning in summer
when the trumpeter Gadfly sounded his horn, invit-
ing all the insects in the forest to the Butterfly's ball, and
the Grasshopper's feast. The sun shone brightly; the air
was mild and soft, and the scent of the wild flowers delici-,
ous, so that not one of the insects thought of staying at home.
Butterflies, Beetles, Bees, Wasps, Snails, Grasshoppers, Ants,
all put on their best coats and frocks, all put on their sweetest
smiles, and all hurried off, in little bands, to the ball, talking
and laughing, and humming and buzzing, by the way, as if
they were the happiest creatures in the wide world. Even
the old Beetle, that had been run over by a cart-wheel and
squeezed nearly to death, got out of bed when he heard
what was going on, and limped along with the rest, though
he had been confined to the house for six months before.
One or two Butterflies, that were never known to go out
except in the very finest weather,-and, even then, carefully
wrapped up-determined to venture. They were long in
making up their minds about it. One thought it looked a
very little like rain-another feared that the light breeze
might give them a cold. However, they put on a great
many cloaks and went.
From all directions they came, and assembled on a smooth,
grassy spot, under an old oak tree, where the revels were to
take place. Some crawled slowly along the ground, some
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And there came the Beetle, so blind and so black,
Who carried the Emmet, his friend, on his back;
And there came the Gnat, and the Dragonfly too,
And all their relations, green, orange, and blue.


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and tumbling, jumping and hitting against things in their
haste-some came swiftly through the air, and alighted so
suddenly as to tumble head over heels, others flew quietly to
the scene and flutteredjlightly about, admiring the gay com-
pany they were about to join.
The Black Beetle was the first to make his appearance.
He carried his dear friend the Emmet on his back, and a sad
journey they had of it to be sure! Being very blind, the
Beetle was constantly falling over twigs, knocking his shins
against the edges of leaves and tumbling into ditches, so that
the poor Emmet had many terrible falls, and once the great
Beetle fell on the top of him and crushed him a good deal.
But it was very pleasant to see how cheerful they were under
all this. On getting up after a fall, the Beetle always laughed
so boisterously that the tears ran down his cheeks, and his
black sides nearly cracked, while the little Emmet said gaily,
" Ah! my friend, accidents will happen! not hurt I hope?
Come get along once more;" and then he jumped up on his
friend's back again, and away they went as merrily as ever.
A Gnat and a Dragonfly with a great many of their re-
lations arrived about the same time with the Beetle. They
looked quite charming in their brilliant dresses, the colours
of which were chiefly green, orange, and blue. A large
Blue-bottle Fly, with a very light waistcoat, and a hat stuck
on one side of his head, said that the Dragonflies were
lovely and that Miss Gnat was quite killing. This was an
odd thing to say, but Mr. Blue-bottle meant by it, that she
was very beautiful. Indeed, it was said that he fell in love
with Miss Gnat, for he danced with nobody else during the
whole afternoon.
The Beetle's black coat was very dusty when he arrived,
and so was the coat of the Emmet; but a Fly footman kindly


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And the Hornet, with jacket of yellow and brown,
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gave them a good brushing before they entered the ball-
room.
* The Moth was sound asleep when the Gadfly blew his
Strumpet. She had sat up too late the night before, and,
owing to having indulged this bad habit, had overslept
herself the following morning. However, she tried by her
activity to make up for lost time, she saw the other insects
hurrying past her house in crowds, so she threw on her clothes
as fast as possible. The Moth was prettily dressed in a soft
garment of down, and as she was a modest creature every
one loved her. On leaving home she observed the Wasp and
the Hornet passing. They were dressed in rich suits of brown
and yellow. At sight of them she was a little frightened
and endeavoured to run back to her house until they should
pass by, but they caught sight of her, and immediately gave
chase, screaming out loudly, Oh! dear Mrs. Moth, pray
don't be alarmed. We have laid by our stings for to-day
and won't hurt you." They soon caught her although she
ran as fast as she could. So the Wasp and the Hornet each
offered her an arm and obliged her to walk between them,
while they danced along, shouting, and singing, and winking
waggishly to the friends they passed on the road. The poor
Moth blushed very much at being seen by all her friends in
the company of two such wild creatures. A Caterpillar and a
Long-legged Beetle, besides one or two other insects that
chanced to be near, laughed very heartily on seeing what
had happened. But the Moth soon recovered her spirits;
and, when they arrived at the oak tree, she was walking along
with a sprightly step, first talking to the Hornet and then
chatting to the Wasp, as if they were her dearest friends.
Come along you lazy fellow," cried the little Dormouse,
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Then the sly little Dormouse peep'd out of his hole,
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hill. "Aye, aye, cousin," shouted the Mole, I'll be there in
a minute." So the Dormouse stood impatiently tapping his
boots till the Mole should be ready. The Dormouse was
dressed in the height of fashion and thought himself a rather
handsome fellow. Some people said that he was conceited,
and indeed a Spider that was near at hand plainly told him
so; but, whether this was true or not, there is no doubt that
he was a very kind little fellow, because he came to lead his
poor blind cousin to the feast. "What a time you have been,
old boy," he said, as the Mole appeared, dusting the earth
off his coat and white hat. The Mole answered that he had
been very busy all morning making a new tunnel between
his bed-room and drawing-room. He then took his friend's
arm and away they went over the green meadows, where the
cow-slips and butter-cups grew, making the grass look as if
it were dotted all over with yellow gold. Sometimes the
two friends stopped by the way to rest under a butter-cup,
and sip a little morning dew, but seeing every one hasten-
ing past them, while they wasted their time, the Dormouse
jumped up again, and cast a sly look at his blind friend as
he asked him what he thought of the fine view. Don't
make jokes about my being blind," said the Mole, pretend-
ing to be angry. Just at that moment they both ran into a
Spider's web. "Oh! how stupid of me," cried the Dormouse,
" I wasn't looking before me at the time." You might as
well be without eyes if you don't use them," said the Mole,
as they cleared away the threads of the net, and, making a
low bow to the Spider, went on their way.
Now, all this time, the Snail had been slowly creeping
over the stones and winding round the blades of grass and
flowers that strewed her path to the place of meeting. But
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And the Snail, with her horns peeping out from hez shell,
Came fatigued with the distance, the length of an ell.


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be impatient, and said that perhaps she was not coming at
all. She lived under the next tree, and had only about four
feet to walk, but she was so very slow that she took a long,
long time to it, and at last the Grasshopper whispered to the
Butterfly that she should go and meet her. Away went
the Butterfly on her gawdy wings, and, alighting by the
Snail's side, began to urge her to make haste. During the
Butterfly's absence, the wasp, who was always making spite-
ful remarks, said that it was shameful in the Snail to keep
them waiting, but the Humble-bee, who was walking up and
down conversing with a Midge, turned round and said, "Re-
member you Wasp that you have not brought your sting with
you to-day, so pray do not give way to your spiteful nature.
The poor Snail has to carry her house on her back, so we
should not be angry at her slowness." Some of the other
insects said that this was no excuse for the Snail, because
she knew that she walked very slowly and should therefore
have set out sooner. Come, come," cried a young Frog,
jumping forward, no fighting to-day, ladies and gentle-
men. We have come here to be happy, and here comes
the Snail at last." As he spoke, the Butterfly flew towards
them, and the Snail crawled in, took off her bonnet, put
on her spectacles, and sat down; while the waiters bustled
about, placed stools for the guests, and brought in the
repast.
It was, perhaps, the strangest dinner-party that ever was
seen. There were such a multitude of odd creatures, of all
shapes and sizes and colours; some of whom were by nature
bitter enemies, and would have fought and killed each other
had they met in the woods while taking a walk, but were
quite civiland polite to one another, now that they met as
guests in Mrs. Butterfly's bower. Indeed, many of them





























































A Mushroom the table, and on it were spread,
A Water-dock leaf, which their table-cloth made;
The viands were various, to each of their taste,
And the Bee brought the honey to sweeten the feast.


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wished that they could be such good friends at all times as
they were then.
All the party had now arrived, and there was a great deal
of talking, and buzzing, and humming, and jesting, as they
sat round the table and feasted on the good things placed
before them. The table was a mushroom covered with a
table-cloth of water-dock-leaf,, and on it were placed all the
delicious dishes of the woods. The Dormouse brought a
great deal of wheat, oats, and barley. The Squirrel brought
a bagful of nuts. The Humble-bee brought a quantity of
fine honey in the comb, which was declared to be most ex-
cellent. In short, every one brought something or other, so
that, when all was spread out beside the good things supplied
by Mrs. Butterfly and Mr. Grasshopper, it seemed the grand-
est feast that ever was heard of. Such fun there was, to be
sure! And such a multitude of voices talking all at once.
"My dear," cried the Butterfly across the table to the Grass-
hopper, I hope you are attending to your friends there.
See that you give them enough to eat, and plenty of moun-
tain dew to drink." Yes, yes, my love," replied the Grass-
hopper as well as he could for laughing at the jokes of a
bloated old Spider that sat beside him. Then the Grasshopper
called to the Butterfly to send him a slice of wheat, but, as
the noise prevented his being heard, he jumped over the
table at one bound, helped himself and bounded back again.
Two or three young Crickets, and five or six Midges sat at a
little side mushroom. They made more noise than all the
grown up people put together; and the lady Butterfly looked
round at them with a smile once or twice, quite delighted
to see them so happy, and to hear their merry voices ringing
through the woods.
After dinner the ball began, and it was the strangest ball


























































With steps more majestic the Snail, did advance
And he promised the gazers a minuet dance;
But they all laughed so loudly that he drew in his head,
And went, in his own little chamber, to bed.


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that ever was seen. The trumpeter Gadfly and a number of
his relations, besides several Grasshoppers and Bees, were the
chief musicians. They wanted a bass very much at first,
but the Bull-frog offered his services, although he confessed
that he was accustomed to sing alone. Then the gentlemen
drew on their gloves, flattened their wings; pulled up their
collars, and coiled away their tails, while the ladies tightened
their garters, ruffled their feathers and put out their feelers.
Oh! how they did dance! reels were nothing to it. The
greatest difficulty was to keep the Grasshoppers in order.
They became so excited that they sprang quite out of sight
every moment, and, so, lost their partners and ran against
everybody in searching for them. Then the Bull-frog who
sang bass got a little too much of the dew, and sang so loudly
that he quite drowned all the other players. So Mrs. Butter-
fly put her claws in her ears, and running up to him said,
"Oh! dear Mr. Bull-frog, pray do not sing quite so loudly."
The poor Bull-frog was almost weeping with joy at the merry
scene before him, but he blushed very green on hearing this,
and said he had forgotten what he was doing, but would try
to be more careful. However, in five minutes more he was
worse than ever, so they sent a few hundred bees to sing
treble beside him and try to keep him in order. In the
middle of all this there was a sudden stop, and a snail step-
ping forward offered to dance a minuet. This was received
with such a roar of laughter that the poor snail, half frighten-
ed, half angry, drew in his horns and went to bed on the spot,
and the dance was begun anew. By this time, the Gnats
and Midges, and some of the other flies, had left the ground
and retired to enjoy a cool dance in the air. Two or three
Spiders mounted up into the oak, and fastened threads to
some of the branches, by which they dropt suddenly down























































Then, as evening gave way to the shadows of night,
Their watchman, the Glow-worm, came out with his .light;
So home let us hasten, while yet we can see,
For no watchman is waiting for you or for me.


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among the dancers, and, seizing their partners round the
waist, carried them screaming in among the leaves. So the
fun and the noise became louder and louder. On the ground,
under the bushes, among the branches of the trees, and in
the air, the dancers bounded, skipped, laughed, sang, shouted
and flew in a way that had never been seen or heard of before.
The merry old Bull-frog, became quite absurd. He sang and
roared like a lion; took up all the young insects in his arms
and hugged them; tumbled over the other musicians, and,
in short, did so many wild things that they were at length
obliged to tie him to a paddock-stool, where they left him to
enjoy himself. The sun went down at last, but still the
dancers continued their sport under the old oak tree, when,
suddenly, a clear, beautiful light streamed across the turf.
It was the Glow-worm's light. At that moment the moon
rose from behind a cloud, so the company knew that it was
time to go home.
Before going away, they all assembled at. the foot of the
oak, and shook claws with Lady Butterfly and Mr. Grasshop-
per, saying that they were charmed with the delightful even-
ing they had spent, and that they hoped to be soon invited
again.
In a few minutes they were all gone. The sounds of their
laughing voices, as they returned home, died gradually away,
and the shadows of night spread over the quiet forest, and
the happy little creatures that slumbered there.




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