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BOB'S SCHOOL DAYS.
LoNG, long years ago, in the good old times,
Over the boys at the Pine Hill School,
With ferules, and switches, and dunce caps tall,
Old Dominie Crabbe held awful rule.
With long-bodied vest and a long-tailed coat,
And his powdered hair tied in a queue,
He walked about with a courtly grace,
With a buckle so bright on each shoe.
His breeches were short, his stockings were long,
And all trimly were tied at the knee;
His pumps were of kid, his necktie of lace:
Very pompous and solemn was he.
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BOB'S SCHOOL DAYS.
A rollicking, noisy, and frisky set
Were the. boys at the Dominie's school:
Enough to worry the soul of a saint,
From big Tom Hughes to little Ned Poole.
But the worst one by far was bad boy Bob;
And of all the boys under the sun,
I am very sure that this bad boy Bob
Was the noisiest, laziest one!
Once he was late, and the Dominie rose
To give Bob a good box on the ear,
When the bad boy at the Dominie's nose
Shied his books, and they swept the desk clear;
The ink went ker-splash on poor little Ned,
As he sat by the desk with his slate;
The basket fell down, the dinner fell out,
"Jolly fun," says bad Bob, "to be late!"
If out of the door stepped Dominie Crabbe,
Bob would set all the scholars to play:
At one of these times, while blowing a horn,
And so joyfully tooting away,
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BOB'S SCHOOL DAYS.
In came the Dominie, switches in hand,
While the idle boy grinned with delight;
Bad Bob soon sang in a different key,
And the jumping jack flew out of sight.
But Bob soon forgot the tears and the smart,
And he went on the same as before,
Playing his tricks on old Dominie Crabbe,
Getting whippings and tasks by the score.
Visitors came to the school-house one day,
So up-stairs the -old Dominie went,
Telling the boys all to keep in their seats,
And to see that their time was well spent.
But up sprang Bob, and he shouted aloud
That old Dominie Crabbe was "a muff;"
Ordered the books to be all thrown aside,
And declared there'd been study enough.
The idle boy balanced his stool on his nose;
"Play cat's-cradle !" said Jerry and Jake;
Leap-Frog was the game for two of the boys"
Little Harry Brown nibbled a cake.
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BoB's SCHOOL DAYS.
With the glasses and hat of Dominie Crabbe,
And bedecked like a comical clown,
The school-room bell Bob rang with a will-
'Twas a din to have deafened a town.
Hearing the noise, the old Dominie came,
Creeping along with his cat-like walk,
Glanced at the blackboard, and there saw the face
That bad Bob had been drawing in chalk.
Such big, goggle eyes! and such a great nose!
Queue like a wisp of long, tangled tow!
'Twas lank, grim-visaged, and ugly enough.
To have frightened a stout-hearted crow!
"A very good likeness!" sang Bob, in his gibe,
And the boys they all laughed till they cried;
But Dominie Crabbe, with his birchen twigs,
Soon put the joke all on his own side.
A full double dose then had bad boy Bob;
Yet, oh! what did he do the next day?
But pinned to the Dominie's long coat-tail,
A great bunch of red crackers so gay.
BoB's SCHOOL DAYS.
Slyly then lighting the end of the string,
The spark soon crept higher and higher;
When up went the candle that little Ned held,
And the Dominie's letter caught fire.
Pop! went the crackers, and Dominie Crabbe
Gave a jump, and a yell, and a kick;
His queue it stuck out, his glasses fell off-
Such a mean and contemptible trick!
Though bad Bob escaped a whipping that time.
He came to grief most surely at last:
The jumping jack, which he found on a shelf,
To the Dominie's queue he tied fast.
Just at that minute the Dominie bent,
A speck to brush from his well-worn clothes,
When the jumping jack flew over his head,
And it hit him right square on the nose.
So now Master Bob was caught in the act,
And received what was justly his due;
The idle boy thought it .served him just right,
And the jumping jack danced on the queue.
BoB' S SCHOOL DAYS.
At last Master Bob was cured of his tricks,
In a way you would never foresee;
For he fell sick in the holiday time,
And no parents to nurse him had he.
Who should go to him but Dominie Crabbe!
And he acted a kind father's part;
For though his switches and knuckles were hard,
The old Dominie had a soft heart.
Many a night by the bedside he watched;
And when Bob to his school again ran,
He played no more tricks on Dominie Crabbe,
But tried always to please the good man.
And this is the way it happened, you see,
That bad Bob learned to love and to fear
The stern but kindly old Dominie Crabbe,
And he still holds his memory dear.
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