A Tale in Five Curls.N a very comfortable home lived the five little Pigs withtheir mother, who was very good -to them. Taking themall round, they were very well-behaved, nice little pigs,although somewhat mischievous, like littlechildren are sometimes. One morningthe eldest Pig said to himself "Iam quite a man now, I will go tomarket, and help mother. Father wentto market once, and never came homeagain, but I shall not be like that. Iwonder what became of him." So thislittle pig went to market:This little Pig went to market, the weather was warm and clear,And he gamboled along, with a laugh and a song,At the side of his mother dear.The Baldwin LibraryRm6BFIUd.u
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" Oh what shall we buy, dear mother?" this little Pig laughed and cried,As he frollicked and ran, as little pigs can,And turned out his toes with pride.Then the old mother answered gravely, "My dear little Pig, we'll see !"So they gamboled along, with a laugh and a song,While the little Pig cried "Wee wee!"He got out his little toy horse on wheels, and putting on hisjacket and jaunty, cap, off he went with his mother, and everybodysaid: "How pretty he looks " and "How proud his mother is ofhim I" When he arrived at the market he was very much pleasedwith everything he saw, but he lost his mother several times in thecrowd, and an old lady pig advised him to go home, and as hewas a very wise little Pig he took her advice and returned to hissty, where, after a good wash, he went to bed and slept nicely untilmorning.The second little Pig was a lazy little Pig; he spent his timeon his straw half asleep, and always had an excuse when the otherswanted him to go out. The day was either too hot or too wet, ornot warm enough. So this little Pig stayed at home:
This little Pig stayed at home, at home, and at home he may very well be,For he twiddles his thumbs, and won't do his sums,And he can't say his A B C.So this little Pig stands on the end of a form, a terrible sight to see,And he cries in his woe, "Oh, please let me go !"But his master says "Fiddle de dee !"So my dear little people, who list to my song, like this little Pig you will be,If you twiddle your thumbs, and won't do your sums,And can't say your A B C.And everybody said he was a good-for-nothing Piggie, andeverybody was quite right, as, of course, everybody always is.The third little Pig, I grieve to say, was as greedy as a Pigcan possibly be, and that, by-the-bye, is saying a good deal. Thislittle Pig had roast beef from morning to night:This little Pig had roast beef; and he sat in his high-backed chair,And slice after slice disappeared in a trice,For he found it excellent fare.And he called to his butler, standing by, " Go fetch me some coffee and tea,"And he filled his cups high, till the kettles were dry,"Ah, that is the drink for me "
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And if piggywigs drink at their meals like that, it doesn't seem past belief,That while' other folks dine off piggywigs fine,A piggy, may dine off beef.He behaved very badly at-table, putting his feet in his plate.And immediately after dinner he would go to the larder and helphimself to more.In fact, his whole time was given up to eating, so that insteadof walking, he could only waddle, because he was so fat; while onthe other hand, his little twin brother, who was his constant com-panion, was so thin that when he went out for a walk in the morn-ing the wind almost blew him away.Poor little fellowl His brother ateall the roast beef. So this little pighad none:This little Pig had none, had none, neverroast beef had he,And a diet of gruel seems terribly cruel,If hungry you happen to be. ........-....But this little Pig was a baby Pig, as piggies Imay very well be,
And a dinner of beef would have brought him to grief,For a delicate piggy was he.So this little Pig said never a word, but chortled away in his glee,And stuck to his pap like a good little chap,And finished it soon you see.The fifth little Pig was a tiny baby Pig, who could hardlywalk, nevertheless he always wanted to go where his brotherswent, and the consequence was, that before he had gone very far,he got so tired that he had to be picked up and carried back. Sothis little Pig cried "Wee, wee, wee !" all the way home:This little Pig cried "Wee wee wee! " as home through the rain he ran,And he sobbed and he cried at his dear mother's side,As a sad little piggywig can.For this little Pig went to market, andwhen he got there, you see,A big man in blue looked him rightthrough and through,And a terrible knife had he.So this little Pig went from market,and I think it is perfectly plain,- He will tarry all day with his mother_____~::~~~~~~ iat play,And ne'er go to market again [
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But all this happenedI nddoingey wl in gray, but happy. Her eldest*oW /woul h l kson is old enough now to_____ T hego to market, and his lazy,___________;brother is no longer lazy.The third little Pig hasgiven up being greedy,-which is a good thing for his twin brother, who now gets.enough to eat. The tiny Pig is of course no longer a baby,lhe can walk now as well as any other Pig. He is long sincemarried,, and doing very well in a sty of his own. In fact,*one would hardly know our little friend of only a day or so,ago. The sty he lives in is built in the most modern and,ornate fashion, with latticed window looking out on a farm-yard full of good things for pigs to eat; and here on many.a fine morning our once tiny Pig may be seen waiting for hisboy's coming home, this growingporker being a rather fat lad, who,I am sorry to say, is very much.averse to work, and spends his'time in strutting about the placeAdressed up in gorgeous style, with:short jacket and low shoes, a hat,on his head, and a cane umbrella-under his arm, a sort of a foppishpig, doing :nothing. Some day this,overgrown lad will find -but I'won't say any more.
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