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AN HOW IT WAS SPENT.
I.- ABOUT OUR' BABY.
COME hither^all, here may'be seen
.What our dear Baby's life has been;
Yo6 all like stories that are true;
Here's Baby'i Story now for you.
A year ago this very day '
We all were told we must' not play
With drums' or trumpets, hoops, or toys
Of any kind that made a noise.
So good old Nursey did not fail
To tell us many a fairy tale;
And' oh, what wondrous things she told-
. .. Of halls and castles filled with gold
Of princes, and of'maidens fair,
With sparkling eyes and golden hair,
Of sprites- and dragons fierce and fell,
And wonders more than I can telL
Thus we sat silent round the fire,
Till Aunty, at Mamma's desire,
Came up to tell us, to our joy,
Baby was come, and was a boy!
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II. BABY'S TOILET.
oeod morning, litle Baby dear;
Wake up, the morning bright is here,
And Baby-boy need little care
Whether the day be foul or fair.
For if the wind of winter blows,
-rit rai s, or hails, or snows,
Ou :Baby ; and sound shall be
In out nice, wwaa, snug nursery.
-the fist thing now i, I suppose,
TO pnt on Baby's fine new clothes,
;With his new stockings bright and red;
And then ourtBaby must be fed.
We must not-have. his breakfast late,
For Baby/does not like to wait.
Oh, happy Baby:! round Whose way,
In bed by night, in ams by day,
Ai Mother's eiele ..love and care
Is fondly lavished eveywhere I
Thou knowest not that bounteous Heaven
To thee the best of gifts hath given;
But when another year has gone,
And our dear Baby's older grown,
We hope he wil have learnt to say,
"P.ray, God, bless dear Mamma this day I"
BABY'S BIRTHDAY PRESENTS.
III. BABY'S BIRTHDAY PRESENTS.
Hurrah from morning lessons free,
Let's run, now, to the nursery:-
It's Baby's birthday -don't forget;
Come up and see our pretty pet!
Where are our toys? we'll all make shift
To find some pretty birthday gift;
I think, whatever we may choose,
Our little man will not refuse,
But like a gracious little king,
Deign to accept the gifts we bring.
Here's Kate has brought her doll, all dressed
With silks and ribbons in its best,
At which our Baby's large brown eyes
Become quite round in mute surprise.
And Jane a little man will bring
Who dances when you pull a string;
While good young cousin Fred, of course,
Has sent his pretty wooden horse,
With word that he himself will pay
A visit later in the day.
Ann brings a doll who'll crack each nut
That in his open mouth is put;
And Baby crows in highest glee,
And thinks this toy the best must be.
1V. BAJ3Y'S :IE.
The sun is bright day is fair;
The gnats are in the air,
And all the honey-bees are out,
Searching. the gardens round about,
Like busy works who .would thrive
By gathering sweets to l1 their hive.
When bees and gnat abroad can roam,
Our Baby need not tay at home;
Bring out his carriage, that he may
Enjoy the brightness of the day.
Mamma heself tie on her bonnet,
Neatly adjusts the veil upon it,
Puts on her shawl and gloves beside,
And forth goes Baby on his ride.
'Dear sister Ann beside him walks,
And plucks sweet flowerets from their stalks,
And then she gives them, one by one,
To Baby, as they wander on;
And tries in every way she can
To please to sturdy little man,
Who from his coach, no way afraid,
Looks proudly forth as though he said,
"I'm little Baby, as you see,
And all the world belongs to me!"
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V. BABY'S DINNER.
Now Baby from his drive has come,
With cheeks as red as peaches, home;
And round he glances, coming in,
And cries out loudly, "Din, din, din "
At this the elder children smile--
They well know what he means the while,
That Baby strongly would'suggest
To hasten dinner now were best
Cook hears the little voice raised high,
Knows it may change into a cry,
And therefore makes what haste she can
To satisfy the little man.
The snowy tablecloth's soon laid-
On which our Baby's dinner's spread,
*But Baby does not like to wait
He thrusts his fists into the plate,
And feeds himself, unless full soon.
Mamma will come with Baby's spoon.
The other children watching sit,
But Baby does not mind a bit;
He will not stop till all is gone
Though half the world be looking on.
When older, he wont eat apace,
'? But sit straight up and say his grace.
VI. BABYS NAP.
V t A his dinner and his ride,
.I A *F t e da has brought beside,
-OuX Bay' 8 eyes wont open keep,
Be : nts ^ short refreshing sleep.
.o tihe" sofais the best,
For Baby hates to be undressed,
And if you would his lothes undo,
He 'd think himself insulted too.
So on the sofa Baby 's laid,
A nice soft cushion 'neath his head,
-And in his arms the doll, new dressed
He likes of all-his presents best.
But one thing more is wanting still
To make our Baby sleep his fill; .
For now there is no sound-no noise -
le longs for dear Mamma's sweet voice.
She to the sofa comes ere long,
And sings a little cradle-song,
And, as -she sits and sweetly sings,
Such peace the pretty voice soon brings;
As if the angels, bright and fair,
Round Baby's head were fluttering there.
Refreshed, he wakens in a while,
To meet his Mother's happy smile.
BABY'S FIRST WALK.'
VII. BABY'S FIRST WALK.
Now of another thing I '11 tell
That on this happy day befell.
Our Baby; as it would appear,
Had never walked in his first year:
He crowed, and -made believe to talk;
He crawled, and fancied he could walk,
But never, though he tried with might,
Had managed once to stand upright.
But on this happiest day of all,
Lay on the floor a leather ball,
Which, with its gold and colors gay,
Took Baby's fancy as it lay.
He crowed with glee, began to crawl
Quite quickly toward the pretty ball,
And good Mamma, who saw his aim,
To his 'assistance quickly came.,
Then Baby, aided by her hand,
Quite upright on his feet did stand,
And, full of zeal and courage strong,
*He walked five steps .that floor along.
And then he looked as proud, I ween,
As any conqueror I've seen, t
And kicked, and danced; and crowed aloud-
And his Mamma was just as proud.
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BABY A KING.
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; i ww the even g shadows fall,
A-d soon dark night will be on all;
One thing there yet remains, at least,
l :crown our Baby's birthday feast.
tgh Non the table, all alone,
He sits like monarch on his throne,
hile all the children in a ring
Do homage to the tiny king.
For, as they very rightly say,
'Baby must be our king to-day."
They place a wreath upon his brow;
They re ing him a scept now;
And then before the monarch's thronea
They: biw a"i courtesy one by on.
Young red has nade a fine-speech too;
Here are his very words for you.
He said, "Goodlrdd lordsadies fai,
You see King Baby sitting there,
Al radiant in his birthday dress;
We'll wish him health and happiness,
, An4 rapid g th, and many joys
d ste of store of hai store of s;
And 'Many happy returns, say,
Of this our Baby's first birthday."
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