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FIRST LECTURE ON EDUCATION.
OLD MOTHER DUCK has hatched a brood
Of ducklings, small and callow:
Their little'wings are short, their down
Is mottled gray and yellow.
There is a quiet little stream,
That runs into the moat,
Where tall, green sedges spread their leaves,
And water-lilies float.
Close by the margin of this brook
The old duck made her nest,
Of straw, and leaves, and withered grass,
And down from her own breast.
And there she sat for four long weeks,
In rainy days and fine,
Until the ducklings all came out,
Four, five, six, seven, eight, nine.
One peeped out from beneath her wing,
One scrambled on her back;
"That's very rude," said old Dame Duck;
"Get off quac qu, quack, quack, quack I"
"'Tis close," said Dame Duck, shoving out
The egg-shells with her bill;
"Besides, it never suits young ducks
To keep them sitting still."
So, rising from her nest, she said,
"Now, children, look at me:
A well-bred duck should waddle so,
From side to side; d'ye see ?"
"Yes I" said the little ones; and then
She went on to explain,
" A well-bred duck turns in its toes
As I do; try again."
"Yes!" said the ducklings, waddling on.
"That's better," said their mother;
" But well-bred ducks walk in a row,
Straight, one beside the other."
"Yes!" said the little ducks again,
All waddling in a row.
"Now to the pond," said old Dame Duck.
Splash, splash, and in they go.
"Now swim like me," said old Dame Duck:
"To this side, then to that,
And snap at all the flies you see;
They make young ducklings fat.
"Now when you reach the poultry yard,
Our mistress, Mary Ann,
Will feed you, with the other fowls,
On mashed-up bread and bran.
"The hens and chicks will peck and fight,
But let me hope that you
Will gobble up the food as fast
As well-bred ducks should do.
"You'd better get into the dish,
Unless it is too small;
In that case, mount it with both feet,
And overturn it all."
The obedient ducklings practised thus,
And found the plan so good
That from that day the other fowls
Got hardly any food.
DANt. DRAKE, ESQ.,
THE DUCK FAMILY.
THE CLOCKING HEN.
" WI you take a walk with me,
My little wife, to-day ?
There's barley in the barley-field,
And hay-seed in the hay."
"Thank you," said the Clocking Hen,
"I've something else to do;
I'm busy setting on my eggs;
I cannot walk with you."
"Clock, clock, clock, clock,"
Said the Clocking Hen;
My little chicks will soon be hatched;
I'll think about it then."
The Clocking Hen sat on her nest;
She made it in the hay;
And warm and snug beneath her breast
A dozen white eggs lay.
Crack, crack, went all the eggs;
Out dropt the chickens small;
"Clock," says the Clocking Hen,
"Now I 've got you all.
" Come along, my little chicks;
I'll taie a walk with You."
' Hollo !" says the barn-door cock;
(To imitate the call
of these fowls.)
" COK, cock, cock, cock,
I've laid an eg-
Am I to gang ba-are foot ?"
Hen hlen, lien, hen,
I've been up and down
To every shop in town,
And cannot find a shock
To fit your foot,
If I 'd crow my hca-art out 1
Say lhe above very quickly, except the two last words in each
verse, which prolong and "scream out.
WILLO'-TTlE-WISP AND THE FROG.
Yaup, yaup, yaup,"
Said the croaking voice of a Frog;
The sun has set,
The night is wet,
And nothing like fun in our bog.
"Yaup, yaup, yaup,"
Said Frog, as he splashed about;
"Good neighbors all,
You hear me call;
And 'tis odd you don't come out."
"Yaup, yaup, yaup,"
Said the frogs; "it's charming weather;
We'll come and sup,
When the moon is up,
And all of us croak together."
Yaup, yaup, yaup;
Here, Will-o'-the-wisp, said the Frog;
"Come, light your lamp,
And we will tramp,
And frighten some fool near our bog.
TIIE SLY PUSSY-CAT.
TIE Pussy-cat lives near a great stone barn.
She carries sharp nails in her paw;
The ra.ts have many a nest snug and warm
In the waste beneath the barn-floor.
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The rats are chary of taking the air,
Or of filling with grain their maws;
For Pussy-cat says, "Come out if you dare;
I will catch you all with my claws."
Scra-atch, scra-atch, went the rats, one day;
For they smelt Mary's bread and cheese;
The Pussy-cat says, "It smells very nice;
So come, do come out, if you please."
"Sque-cak!" said an old rat; squeakk, squeak!"
And Squeak !" said the little rats too;
"We never creep out when cats are about,
And surely shall not to please You."
Sly Puss took a run, for mischief or fun,
Making hens, ducks, and goslings fly;
Then hurrying back, she saw through a crack
Only this- a rat's laughing eye.
Next, the sly old Cat lay down on a mat,
In the sun, close to the barn-wall:
"If the rats now peep they'll think I'm asleep;
I'll roll myself up like a ball."
"Old Whiskers, run out, creep softly about,
And bring us some bread and some cheese.
That silly old Cat sleeps sound on the mat,
And you can go sup at your case."
I can ? then I'm off!" and out ran the rat,
But scarce took the bread in his paws,
When the sly old Cat sprung up from the mat,
And had Whiskers safe in her claws.
Arranged by D. DUAKE, ESQ.
,from the celebrated Opera of
SNA T UR E.o "
Solo- 'ROOSTER Cock-a-doo-dlec-doo!
Tweet! tweet! tweet tweet!
Peep! peep! peep peep!
Solo- ROOSTER Cock-a-doo-dle-doo !
Solo Cow Moo-oo-ah, moo-oo-ah!
Gob-ble, gob-ble, gob-ble, gob-ble !
Solo FARMER Break-fast's ready !
Solo MAID Scat, you puss D
Seize her, Rover Bow-wow-wow!
Go it! Phit, phit!
Come, boys, eat.
rop that meat!
)uett HEi and
John, take Rover off that cat!
Solo RooBTEL -#-'Cock-a-doo-dle-doo .
dle-doo ker-dar-cut !
Bass Solo BLL Boo-oo-oo-oo-ah! IBooo-oo-o-oo-ah
Clock-i-ty, clock Quack Clock !
Me-ow! Qquack-i-ty Bow-wow !
Clock Bow-wow! Qxack-i-ty!
Clock-i-ty Quack Me-ow!
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By the entire Strength of the Company.
Bow-wow 1 Clock 1 Quack! 9
Twit! Peep! Ceck-a-doo-
Ba-a! Ma-a!-dle-doo! Me-
ow! Scat! B-a! a M a! Cut
- Cob-bl ker-dar-cut !
Gctout, do Caw, caw! Colt's Jl |
Sgot looso! Bow-wow Stop
her! Gob-ble, gob-ble! Qua-
ack Peep Cock-a Head
her doo Ro-vcr!- dle- PUZZLEED FARME
doo! Whoa! There goes the bee-
hive Gob-ble, ~hb-ble! Phit,
phit! Puss is stung Me-ow !!
Ky-ie, ky-ic Rover's got it,
too! Gob-ble, gob-ble Yough !
Me-ow! Twit! Peep! Hold on!
The beauty of the above composition may
not at first be apparent to juvenile mTiitld;
but let any good sized fiunily divide up the
parts, and enter upon its vigrous rehearsal,
and they will be sure to bring down the
house. D. DRAKE.
PIYUB AT HOME IN TIHE ROYALm KITCHEN.
PUSS IN BOOTS.
THE MILLER'S SON AND HIS FORTUNE.
RHERE once lived a miller who had three s ; and when
he died he divided what he possessed among them in the
following manner: He gave his mill to the eldest, his ass to
the second, and his Cat to the youngest. Each of the brothers
accordingly took what belonged to him, without the help of an
attorney, who would soon have brought their little fortune to
nothing in law expenses.
The poor fellow who had nothing but the Cat complained that
he was hardly used. My brothers," said he, "by joining their
stocks together, may do well in the world; but what am I to do
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with my Cat? If I make a pair of gloves out of his skin,
there's an end of him; nothing more is to be got from him."
The Cat, who understood all that he said, hereupon arose, set up
his back, and said, Listen, dear Theophilus: you need not kill
me in order to make a pair of worthless gloves out of my skin;
only order a pair of boots to be made for me, so that I may be
able to go about, and may be fit to be seen by the folks, and your
fortune shall soon be made." The miller's son was astonished to
hear the Cat speak; but, as the shoemaker happened to pass
by at the moment, he called him in.
S-MILLER' SON AND HIS INHERITANCE.
3 MIL-E1RB' SON A1TD HIS INHEa~BITClfC
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PUSS FITTED TO A PAIR OF BOOTS.
P USS jumped upon the great arm-chair. Theophilus ex-
plained to the shoemaker that he was required to take his
young friend's measure for a pair of boots. The man, although
a little astonished, was very glad to get a fresh job: he concealed
the slight alarm which he felt; and, even when Puss leaned one
paw upon his head, he only requested the young gentleman to
draw in his claws a little. In taking the measure, the shoemaker
stroked Puss's leg, which set him purring with pleasure, and he
addressed his master, '*Good Theophilus, I love you; you npver
stroked me the wrong way; you let me sleep quietly in the sun;
and when your brothers wanted to tease me, and carried me into
the dark, in order to see what they called electrical sparks from
my back, you always opposed it. I will now show my gratitude for
all this. You must not, however, look on me as faithless, as
other men do; for, in truth, I am not so! The race of cats, it
is true, has got a bad name, because we do not choose, like the
dog, tamely to put up with all that men do to us. We hate
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slavery, and preserve our i penpendence; and, opposed to all
oppression, we do not show forth our talents at command. For
this reason, you have remained ignorant hitherto of my power of
speaking. You have many other things yet to learn about me.
I make only one condition, that you put unlimited confidence
in me." Theophilus, touched by the nobleness of sentiment
displayed by his Cat, shook his paw, and promised to confide
implicitly in him.
A few days after, the shoemaker brought the boots. Puss
tried them on with great satisfaction. Theophilus shook the last
shillirg out of his almost empty purse, to pay for them. His
two brothers enjoyed a hearty laugh at his simplicity in having
ordered boots to be made for a cat; and the eldest in particular,
Sas is the usual practice of elder brothers, rated him soundly for
his stupidity in throwing away his last penny upon a cat, who
would soon take to his heels, without scruple, and carry off the
boots with him. russ pretended not to hear this; nevertheless,
he thought to himself, You have cheated poor Theophilas: I
will not behave so badly to him as you have done; I know very
well what I am about." So saying, he flung a sack over his
shoulder, took a stick in his paw, and, walking on his hind legs
like a man, went out of the door.
PUBS MEASURED FOR A PAIR OF BOOTS.
PUSS HUNTS FOR GAME.
THE first attempt Puss made was to go into a warren in which
there was a great number of rabbits. IHe put some bran
and parsley into his bag, and then, stretching himself out at full
length as if dead, waited for some heedless young rabbit to come
into the bag to feast on the dainties it enclosed. He succeeded
in this, and took home a fine fat one for his master's supper.
After this he tried his hand on other game, so that neither The-
ophilus nor himself was ever in danger of starving.
Puss happened to know that the king of the country had
fallen into a fit of melancholy, because he could not procure his
favorite dish, partridges; not that there was any lack of them
in the fields, but they had become so shy that no sportsmen could
get hold of them. Puss went into a corn-field, drew off his
boots, in order to approach the birds without noise, spread open
his sack to serve as a net, and, fastening a string to the end of it,
lay down behind the hedge. He waited a long while in vain;
but at last the partridges came, and, attracted by some crumbs
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within the bag, hopped in one after the other; at that moment
Puss drew the string, and, whipping the sack, birds and all, over
his shoulder, marched off to the palace. The king chanced
at the time to have convoked his Parliament, and was conse-
quently in very bad humor, when a lord in waiting announced
that a gamekeeper, who looked like a cat, was waiting to offer
a present of partridges from his master to the king. ITs majesty
at once dissolved Parliament (you see the members in the back-
ground walking off dissatisfied), and ordered in the messenger.
Puss made a low bow, and emptied his bag at the king's feet, at
the same time turning away his head, lest the birds should pro-
voke his appetite, and said, My master, the Marquis of Carabas,
begs your majesty's acceptance of some game, which lie has just
taken." The king's mouth watered at the sight; and, regaining
his good humor, he inquired after the marquis, said he must
make his personal acquaintance, asked why he never came to
court, and, sounding for the Chancellor of the Exchequer, desired
him to give Puss as much money as he could carry. You here
see the Chancellor of the Exchequer with his money-bag pointing
to the Cat, professing himself much puzzled to comprehend what
business a cat can have with money. On the other side, the
Cook hurries in from the kitchen, attracted by the news of the
partridges, and loading with commendations the noble donor.
PUBS HUNTS OAME FOR THE XJrmn--
PUSS GETS IllS MASTER INTO ROYAL FAVOR.
T HE money which Puss had thus obtained was of great assist-
ance to his master; for before that he had suffered a great
deal from dependence upon his brothers. Puss went out sporting
regularly, and every day brought in such a large bagful of game
that he became quite a favorite with the king, and was permitted
to go in and out of the palace, and run about it just as he chose.
Here you see him in the kitchen, standing before the, fire warm
ing his paws. The cookmaid is plucking the partridges,, and the
king's fool is playing with some of the birds. At this moment
the king's coachman enters, calls for a glass of beer, and exclaims
with an oath, Plague take the king and the princess I was just
going to the public-house to play at cards, when the carriage was
ordered to take them a drive to the lake." As soon as the Cat
heard this, he slipped away home, and said to his master, If
you wish to become a prince and a rich man, come along with
me to the lake, and bathe in it." The miller's son knew not
what answer to make, yet he followed his Cat, rather because ha
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cared not what became of himself, than from any expectation of
being made a prince.
Theophilus stripped himself naked and jumped into the water:
you may observe him under the bush. The Cat meanwhile
carried off his clothes and hid them. This was scarcely done
when the king drove up. Instantly the Cat began to cry most
lamentably, and to wring his paws. No sooner did the king espy
his favorite running up and down in such distress than he stopped
his carriage and got out. "Wlhat is the matter, gamekeeper ? "
said he. Alas! your majesty," answered Puss, one misfor-
tune after another I My master was bathing, when a thief came
and carried off his clothes; and there is the marquis up to Ilis
neck in the water at this moment. He can't come out; and if he
stops in longer he will catch his death of cold." When the king
heard this he ordered one of his people to ride back, and fetch a
suit of clothes fijon-the royal wardrobe, and showed his approba-
tion of Pass's fidelity by scratching him good-humoredly under
the chin. The king's daughter is seen seated in the carriage,
curious to catch a glimpse of the Marquis of Carabas. As soon
as the servant returned, and the marquis had put on the splendid
suit of clothes, the king invited him to take a seat in his carriage,
.and thanked him for the fine partridges. The princess, for her
part, wns by no means dissatisfied to have the marquis in the
carriage beside her; for he was young and handsome, and had
taken her fancy somewhat.
PUSS GETS HIS MASTER INTO ROYAL FAVOR.
PUSS RUNNING BEFORE THE ROYAL CARRIAGE.
A S the carriage drove on, the Cat always kept ahead of it, like
a running footman; and in this fashion they drove across
the frontier of the king's dominions into the territory of a wicked
Magician, They first passed through a noble forest, where many
hundred people were cutting down and sawing the oaks.
, "To whom does this forest belong ?" inquires the Cat of the
To the great Magician."
Harkyc I the king is coming this way; and, if he asks whose
wood this is, mind you answer that it belongs to the Marquis of
Carabas. If you don't, you shall all be burnt alive."
The king did not fail to ask the people to whom the forest
belonged. "To my lord the Marquis of Carabas," said they all
at once; for the threats of the Cat had terribly frightened them.
A little farther, the Cat came to a corn-field filled with reaper.
"Whose corn is that, you people ?
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Iarkyc I The king is coming; and, if he asks whose corn it
is, you will answer, the Marquis of Carabas's. If you don't, you
shall all be killed outright."
The people were terrified at the sight of the little hairy man,
who looked so angry, and wore long claws on his hands, and a
long furry tail, and high boots to run in. They imagined he
must be the AMagician himself, who was in the habit of assuming
various shapes; and consequently took off their hats to Puss, and
did just as he bade them.
"You have a very fine piece of land, my lord marquis," said
the king. Truly, sire," replied he, it does not fail every year
to bring me in a plentiful harvest."
The Cat ran on farther, and came to a meadow, where he gave
the same orders to several hundred haymakers, and was readily
obeyed. From here the Cat still continued to run before the
king, and gave the same charge to all the people he met, so that
the king was greatly astonished at the splendid fortune of my
lord t4ie Marquis of Carabas. At last they came in sight of the
castle of the Magician, which you will see in the picture behind
PUBS RUNS -BEFORE TH-E ROYAL OARRIAGE.
PUSS CALLS UPON TIHE MAGICIAN, AND
PUSS still kept ahead of the royal carriage, and ran so far and
so fast that he blistered his feet by the time he reached the
castle gate. This castle was a very stately one, and belonged to
a Magician, the richest ever known; for all the lands the king
had passed through and admired belonged to this necromancer.
The Cat had taken care beforehand to learn every thing about
him, and what he could do. It required all the courage he could
muster to venture into the chamber of the wicked Magician;
but the thought that he might be the means of raising his master
to the height of a throne presented itself, and he instantly en-
tered, made a very humble obeisance, and said, I am a man of
science on my travels, and take the liberty to introduce myself to
your Excellency, in order to make the acquaintance of one whose
fame has extended all over the globe." The Magician smiled
maliciously; but, being rather flattered by this compliment from
a brother savant, he allowed the Cat to proceed.
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"They tell me," continued Puss, that you have carried
science to such a pitch, that you can at pleasure assume the form
of any animal you choose. Although I have paid some attention
to magic, this does appear to me, I must say, incredible."
"I'll soon give you a proof of it," said the Magician; and
instantly stood before him turned into an elephant. The Cat
politely requested him to resume his own proper shape, other-
wise he should faint with terror ; and in a moment the Magician
reappeared, seated, as at first, in his arm-chair.
There's a trick for you I said lhe; you certainly never saw
a more wonderful performance than that." The Cat expressed
his astonishment, but hinted that he had once seen an artist who
could turn himself into the smallest-sized animals, which was
certainly even more wonderful, as he could not comprehend what
became of the huge human body.
"That is a mere nothing," said the Magician; and at the same
instant began leaping about the room in the shape of a mouse.
The Cat4,as after him directly; and before he could recollect the
right word to utter, in order to disenchant himself, the Cat had
seizel- him in his teeth, killed him as dead as a door-nail, and
eaten him! I
THE MARQUIS MARRIES THE PROCESS.
TIE MARQUIS TAKES POSSESSION OF THE CASTLE,
AND MARRIES THE PRINCESS.
rHITE king in his carriage followed the Cat at a short distance,
and, whenever he inquired who was the proprietor of the
forests and fields which he passed, invariably received the same
answer from the people on the road, -that all belonged to the
Marquis of Carabas. lie was perfectly astonished at the immense
wealth of the marquis. At last they reached the castle, at the
very moment when the Magician had been eaten up, his spell
broken, and the charm entirely destroyed. Owls and owlets,
crows and bats, were quitting the building, having no longer
any business there. The carriage stopped, the king and his
attendants got out, and there on the steps stood the Cat, and
said, Gracious sovereign, you are welcome at the castle of my
master, the marquis, who will feel honored for the rest of his
life by this visit." At the same time he politely offered his paw
to the princess, and handed her up-stairs. Theophilus as yet did
not dare to offer her his arm. He felt quite abashed, and did not
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know what to make of the events which had occurred. He
looked inquiringly towards Puss, as if to ask whether he might
really trust his cars, and whether all this really belonged to him.
The king clapped him on the back, and said, "Upon my word,
marquis, you have got a noble estate, and your castle is almost
more splendid than my own palace; and our domains join each
other in the most convenient manner." Then, pursuing the same
train of thought, he muttered to himself, What an excellent
match for my daughter I" As for the princess, she was a little
dissatisfied that the handsome and wealthy marquis persisted in
giving her such short answers, and that he paid her so little
It is quite certain, however, that the marquis must soon have
abandoned his monosyllables and his bashfulness, otherwise he
would not have ventured in so short a time to. aspire to the hand
of the beautiful princess. He did so, and to his great joy his
suit was accepted. The marriage took place soon after; the
marquis became king, and Puss was made his prime minister.
So that Cat became a great lord, and never after chased rats or
mice except for his own amusement.
PUSS CALLS UPON THE MAGICIAN.
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THE DISAPPOINTED OWL.
ALL day sat an Owl on an ivy bush,
And she looked wondrous wise,
With her horny beak,'neatlh her feathered cowl,
And her great, round, shining eyes.
She sat the whole day on the self-same spray,
From sunrise until sunset;
But the dim, gray light was all too bright
For the Owl to see in yet.
SOw-let Ow-let I" said a merry Tom-tit,
You're the wisest thing that flies;
But you cannot see, though looking at me,
With your great, round, staring eyes."
Night came very soon, and the silvery moon
Rolled high up in the skies;
Says the Owl, "Too-wit!* I'll eat you, Tom-tit;
I see with. my shining eyes."
"Too-wit too-wit!" cried the savage Owlet,
Flying about in surprise;
"Not on bush or tree can I Tom-tit see,
With my great, round, staring eyes I"
Pronounce too long, and wit sharp and quick.