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CONTENTS.MY FIRST ALPHABETTHE LITTLE OLD WOMAN WHO LIVED INA SHOELITTLE BO-PEEPOLD MOTHER GOOSETHE FIVE LITTLE PIGSTHE BABES IN THE WOOD
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THELITTLE OLD WOMAN WHO LIVED IN A SHOE.ONCE on a time there was a Little Old Woman who lived ina Shoe. This shoe stood near a great forest, and was solarge that it served as a house for the Old Lady and all herchildren, of which she had so many that she did not knowwhat to do with them.But the Little Old Woman was very fond of her children,and they only thought of the best way to please her. Strong-arm, the eldest, cut down trees for firewood. Peter madebaskets of wicker-work. Mark was chief gardener. Lizziemilked the cow, and Jenny taught the younger children toread.Now this Little Old Woman had not always lived in aShoe. She and her family had once dwelt in a nice housecovered with ivy, and her husband was a wood-cutter, likeStrong-arm. But there lived in a huge castle beyond theforest, a fierce giant, who one day came and laid their housein ruins with his club; after which he carried off the poor8
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THE LITTLE OLD WOMAN WHO LIVED IN A SHOE.wood-cutter to his castle beyond the forest. When the LittleOld Woman came home, her house was in ruins and herhusband was no where to be seen.Night came on, and as the father did not return, the OldLady and her family went to search for him. When theycame to that part of the wood where the Giant had met theirfather, they saw an immense shoe. They spent a long timeweeping and calling out for their father, but met with noreply. Then the Old Lady thought that they had better takeshelter in the shoe until they could build a new house. SoPeter and Strong-arm put a roof to it, and cut a door, andturned it into a dwelling. Here they all lived happily formany years, but the Little Old Lady never forgot her hus-band and his sad fate. Strong-arm, who saw how wretchedhis mother often was about it, proposed to the next elevenbrothers that they should go with him and set their fatherfree from the Giant. Their mother knew the Giant's strength,and would not hear of the attempt, as she feared they wouldbe killed. But Strong-arm was not afraid. He bought adozen sharp swords, and Peter made as many strong shieldsand helmets, as well as cross-bows and iron-headed arrows.They were now quite ready; Strong-arm gave the order tomarch, and they started for the forest. The next day theycame in sight of the Giant's Castle. Strong-arm, leaving hisbrothers in a wood close by, strode boldly up to the entrance,and seized the knocker. The door was opened by a funnylittle boy with a large head, who kept grninig and laughing.5
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THE LITTLE OLD WOMAN WHO LIVED IN A SHOE.Strong-arm then walked boldly across the court-yard, andpresently met a page, who took off his hat and asked himwhat he wanted. Strong-arm said he had come to liberatehis father, who was kept a prisoner by the Giant; on thisthe little man said he was sorry for him, because the part ofthe castle in which his father was kept was guarded by alarge dragon. Strong-arm, nothing daunted, soon found themonster, who was fast asleep, so he made short work of himby sending his sword right through his heart; at which hejumped up, uttering a loud scream, and made as if he wouldspring forward and seize Strong-arm; but the good swordhad done its work, and the monster fell heavily on the ground,dead.Now the Giant, who had been drinking much wine, wasfast asleep in a remote part of the castle. Strong-arm hadno sooner finished the Dragon, than up started the funnylittle boy who had opened the door. He led Strong-armround to another part of the court-yard, where he saw hispoor father, who at once sprung to his feet, and embracedhim. Then Strong-arm called up his brothers, and when theyhad embraced their father, they soon broke his chain and sethim free.We must now return to the Little Old Woman. After hersons had started she gave way to the most bitter grief.While she was in this state, an old witch came up to her,and said she would help her, as she hated the Giant, andwished to kill him. The Old Witch then took the little Old8
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THE LITTLE OLD WOMAN WHO LIVED IN A SHOE.Lady on her broom, and they sailed off through the air,straight to the Giant's castle.Now this old Witch had great power, and at once afflictedthe Giant with corns and tender feet. When he awoke fromhis sleep he was in such pain that he could bear it no longer,so he thought he would go in search of his missing shoe,which, like the other one he had in his castle, was easy andlarge for his foot. When he came to the spot where the OldLady and her children lived, he saw his old shoe, and with alaugh that shook the trees, he thrust his foot into it, breakingthrough the roof that Strong-arm and Peter had put to it.The children, in great alarm, rushed about inside the shoe,and frightened and trembling, scrambled through the doorand the slits which the Giant had formerly made for his corns.By this time the witch and the Little Old Lady, as also Strong-arm, his eleven brothers and his father, were come up to thespot. Strong-arm and his brothers shot their arrows at himtill at last he fell wounded, when Strong-arm went up to himand cut off his head. Then the father and the Little OldWoman and all their children built a new house, and livedhappily ever afterwards.10
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LITTLE BO-PEEP." Little Bo-Peep she lost her sheepAnd didn't know where to find them.Let them alone, and they'll come home,And bring their tails behind them!"So runs the Nursery Rhyme. Little Bo-Peep was a verynice little girl. Her cheeks had a bloom on them like alovely peach, and her voice sounded like a sweet silver bell.But though Little Bo-Peep was as good as she wasbeautiful, she sometimes met with 'misfortunes that madeher very sad. Once, when she lost her sheep, she was verydoleful indeed. And this is how it happened.'One summer evening, when the sun was setting, LittleBo-Peep, who had to rise very early in the morning, felttired, and sat down on a bank covered with daisies. Beingvery weary she soon fell fast asleep. Now the Bell-wetherof Bo-Peep's flock was a most stupid and stubborn fellow.I dare say you know that all the sheep in a flock will followthe Bell-wether, and that he always wears a bell round hisneck. It was a great pity, but the Bell-wether of Bo-Peep'sflock was very wild, and was much given to wander faraway into the wood, where of course the rest of the sheepwould follow him.3
LITTLE BO-PEEP.Finding Little Bo-Peep asleep, the tiresome fellow beganby standing on his hind legs and making a great bow to hisshadow before him on the grass. After this he whirledhimself round like a top, shaking his head all the time, andringing his bell.Very soon the rest of the flock began to dance and capertoo. And when they had wheeled round their leader for atime, they ran off after him with a bound into the wood.Away they went, till they were quite tired out; and then theycame to a stand-still, staring at their leader with very blankfaces. But the Bell-wether looked foolish enough now, anddid nothing but shake his head slowly and ring his bell, whichseemed to say quite clearly, "You are lost, you are lost!"When Little Bo-Peep awoke she found her sheep gone,and hardly knowing what she did, she walked on and on, farinto the wood. She met some people with hoes and rakesin their hands, and asked them if they had seen her sheep.But they only laughed at her, and said, No. One man wasvery cross, and threatened to beat her. At last she came toa stile, on which an old Raven was perched. He looked sowise that Little Bo-Peep asked him whether he had seen aflock of sheep. But he only cried, " Caw, caw, caw;" soBo-Peep ran on again across the fields.She wandered on till night-fall, and being faint with hun-ger, was very glad to see a light just before her. As shewent on, she saw that it shone from a cottage window. Butwhen she came to the door, it looked so dark and dismal that5
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LITTLE BO-PEEP.she was afraid to go in, and was just going to run away,when a cross-looking old woman came out, and dragged herinto the cottage. She made her sit by the side of her son,who was a very ugly youth with a great red face and redhair. The old woman told him that she had brought Bo-Peep to be his wife, so Bo-Peep, who did not like him at all,ran away while they were asleep. But she did not knowwhere to go, and gave herself up for lost, when she heardsomething cry, " tu-whit-tu-whoo," in the tree above her.It was a great owl, which began flapping its wings with joy.Bo-Peep was frightened at first, but as the owl seemed verykind, she followed it. It took her to a cottage were therewas plenty to eat and drink, and then, to Bo-Peep's greatsurprise, it began to speak, and told her this story :-" Know, dear Maiden," said the owl, " that I am thedaughter of a King, and was a lovely Princess; but I waschanged into an owl by the old woman at the cottage, becauseI would not marry her ugly son. But I have heard thefairies say that one day a lovely maiden, who would comeinto this wood to find her lost sheep, should be. the meansof -my gaining my own form again. You are that prettymaid, and I will take you to a spot where you will find yoursheep, but without their tails. The elves will play with themfor this night, but in the morning every sheep will have itstail again, except the stupid Bell-wether. You must thenwave his tail three times over my head, and I shall resumemy shape again."8
LITTLE PO-PEEP.The owl flew off, and led Bo-Peep into the wood, and said," Sleep, maiden, I will watch." How long she was asleepshe could not tell, but the charmed spot was suddenlylighted up, and she saw the Queen of the Fairies seated on.a bank. The Queen said the sheep should be punished forrunning away. She then saw all her sheep come troopinginto the place, and on every sheep there was an Elf, whoheld in his hand a sheep's tail. After riding them aboutfor some time, and having great fun with them, the madsport ceased, and each Elf restored the tail to his sheep--all but the Bell-wether's, which their leader hid in a tree.When Bo-Peep awoke, she saw the owl flapping its wingsas if to remind her of her promise; so she fetched the tail,and waved it three times over its head, when up started themost charming Princess that ever was seen. The princessgave Bo-Peep a beautiful cottage, and her sheep never ranaway from their kind mistress again.10
OLD MOTHER GOOSE.
THE HISTORY OFOLD MOTHER GOOSE AND HER SON JACK.OLD MOTHER GOOSE lived in a cottage with her son Jack.Jack was a very good lad, and although he was not hand-some, he was good-tempered and industrious, and this madehim better-looking than half the other boys. Old motherGoose carried a long stick, she wore a high-crowned hat,and high-heeled shoes, and her kerchief was as white assnow. Then there was the Gander that swam in the pond,and the Owl that sat on the wall. So you see they formed avery happy family. But what a fine strong fellow the Ganderwas! whenever Old Mother Goose wanted to take a journey,she would mount upon his broad strong back, and away hewould fly and carry her swiftly to any distance.Now Old Mother Goose thought her Gander often lookedsad and lonely; so one day she sent Jack to market to buythe finest Goose he could find. It was early in the morningwhen he started, and his way lay through a wood. He wasnot afraid of robbers; so on he went, with his Mother's greatclothes-prop over his shoulder. The fresh morning air caused3
OLD MOTHER GOOSE AND HER SON JACK.Jack's spirits to rise. He left the road, and plunged into thethick of the wood, where he amused himself by leaping withhis clothes-prop till he found he had lost himself. After hehad made many attempts to find the path again, he heard ascream. He jumped up and ran boldly towards the spot fromwhich the sound came. Through an opening in the trees hesaw a young lady trying to get away from a ruffian whowanted to steal her mantle. With one heavy blow of hisstaff Jack sent the thief howling away, and then went backto the young lady, who was lying on the ground, crying.She soon dried her tears when she found that the robber hadmade off, and thanked Jack for his help. The young ladytold Jack that she was the daughter of the Squire, who livedin the great white house on the hill-top. She knew the pathout of the wood quite well, and when they reached the border,she said that Jack must come soon to her father's- house,so that he might thank him for his noble conduct. WhenJack was left alone, he made the best of his way to themarket-place. He found little trouble in picking out thebest Goose, for when he got there he was very late, and therewas but one left. But as it was a prime one, Jack boughtit at once, and keeping to the road, made straight, for home.At first the Goose objected to be carried; and then, whenshe had walked along slowly and gravely for a short time,she tried to fly away; so Jack seized her in his arms and5
OlD MOTHER GOOSE AND HER SON JACK.kept her there till he reached home. Old Mother Goosewas greatly pleased when she saw what a fine bird Jack hadbought; and the Gander showed more joy than I can de-scribe. And then they all lived very happily for a long time.But Jack would often leave off work to dream of the lovelyyoung lady whom he had rescued in the forest, and soonbegan to sigh all day long. He neglected the garden, caredno more for the Gander, and scarcely even noticed the beau-tiful Goose. But one morning, as he was walking by thepond, he saw both the Goose and the Gander making a greatnoise, as though they were in the utmost glee. He went upto them' and was surprised to find on the bank a large goldenegg. He ran with it to his mother, who said, " Go to market,my son; sell your egg, and you will soon be rich enough topay a visit to the Squire." So to market Jack went, andsold his golden egg; but the rogue who bought it of himcheated him out of half his due. Then he dressed himself inhis finest clothes, and went up to the Squire's house. Twofootmen stood at the door, one looking very stout and saucy,and the other sleepy and stupid.When Jack asked to see the Squire, they laughed at him,and made sport of his fine clothes; but Jack had wit enoughto offer them each a guinea, when they at once showed himto the Squire's room.Now the Squire, who was very rich, was also very proud8
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OLD MOTHER GOOSE AND HER SON JACK,and fat, and scarcely turned his head to notice Jack; butwhen he showed him his bag of gold, and asked for hisdaughter to be his bride, the Squire flew into a rage, andordered his servants to throw him into the horse-pond. Butthis was not so easy to do, for Jack was strong and active;and then the, young lady 'came out and begged her father torelease him. This made Jack more deeply in love with herthan ever, and he went home determined to win her in spiteof all, And well did his wonderful Goose aid him in hisdesign. Almost every morning she would lay him a golden,egg, and Jack, grown wiser, would no longer sell them at halftheir value to the rogue who had before cheated him. So Jacksoon grew to be a richer man than the Squire himself. Hiswealth became known to all the country round, and theSquire at length consented to accept Jack as his son-in law.iThen Old Mother Goose flew away into the woods on theb-ack of her strong Gander, leaving the cottage and the Gooseto Jack and his bride, who lived happily ever afterwards.10
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THE FIVE LITTLE PIGS.
THE HISTORY OF FIVE LITTLE PIGS.THE LITTLE PIG WHO WENT TO MARKET.THERE was once a family of Five Little Pigs, and Mrs. Pig,their mother, loved them all very dearly. Some of theselittle pigs were very good, and took a great deal of troubleto please her. The eldest pig was so active and useful thathe was called Mr. Pig. One day he went to market withhis cart full of vegetables, but Rusty, the donkey, began toshow his bad temper before he had gone very far on the road.All the coaxing and whipping would not make him move.So Mr. Pig took.him out of the shafts, and being verystrong, drew the cart to market himself. When he got there,all the other pigs began to laugh. But they did not laughso loudly when Mr. Pig told them all his struggles on theroad. Mr. Pig lost no time in selling his vegetables, andvery soon after Rusty came trotting into the market-place,and as he now seemed willing to take his place in the cart,3
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THE HISTORY OF FIVE LITTLE PIGS.Mr. Pig started for home without delay. When he got there,he told Mrs. Pig his story, and she called him her best andmost worthy son.THE LITTLE PIG WHO STAYED AT HOME.This little pig very much wanted to go with his brother,but as he was so mischievous that he could not be trustedfar away, his mother made him stay at home, and told himto keep a good fire while she went out to the miller's to buysome flour. But as soon as he was alone, instead of learninghis lessons, he began to tease the poor cat. Then he got thebellows, and cut the leather with a knife, so as to see wherethe wind came from: and when he could not find this out,he began to cry. After this he broke all his brother's toys;"he forced the drum-stick through the drum, he tore offthe tail from the kite, and then pulled off the horse's head.And then he went to the cupboard and ate the jam. WhenMrs. Pig came home, she sat down by the fire, and beingvery tired, she soon fell asleep. No sooner had she done so,than this bad little pig got a long handkerchief and tied herin her chair. But soon she awoke and found out all themischief that he had been doing. She saw at once theldamage that he had done to his brother's playthings. Soshe quickly brought out her thickest and heaviest birch, andgavoe this naughty little- pig such a beating as he did notforget for a long time.
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THE HISTORY OF FIVE LITTLE PIGS.THE LITTLE PIG WHO HAD ROAST BEEF.This little pig was a very good and careful fellow. Hegave his mother scarcely any trouble, and always took apleasure in doing all she bade him. Here you see him sittingdown with clean hands and face, to some nice roast beef,while his brother, the idle pig, who is standing on a stool inthe corner, with the dunce's cap on, has none. -He sat downand quietly learned his lesson, and asked his mother to hearhim repeat it. And this he did so well that Mrs. Pig strokedhim on the ears and forehead, and called him a good littlepig. After this he asked her to allow him to help her maketea. He brought everything she wanted, and lifted off thekettle from the fire, without spilling a drop either on his toesor the carpet. By-and-bye he went out, after asking hismother's leave, to play with his hoop. He had not gonefar when he saw an old blind pig, who, with his hat in hishand was crying at the loss of his dog; so he put his handin his pocket and found a halfpenny which he gave to' thepoor old pig. It was for such thoughtful conduct as thisthat his mother often gave this little pig roast beef. Wenow come to the little pig who had none.THE LITTLE PIG WHO HAD NONE.This was a most obstinate and wilful little pig. His motherhad set him to learn his lesson, but no sooner had she goneput into the garden, than he tore his book into pieces. When8
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THE HISTORY OF FIVE LITTLE PIGS.his mother came back he ran off into the streets to play withother idle little pigs like himself. After this he quarrelledwith one of the pigs and got a sound thrashing. Being afraidto go home, he stayed out till it was quite dark and caughta severe cold. So he was taken home and put to bed, andhad to take a lot of nasty physic.THE LITTLE PIG WHO CRIED " WEE, WEE," ALL THEWAY HOME.This little pig went fishing. Now he had been told notto go into Farmer Grumpey's grounds, who did not allowany one to fish in his part of the river. But in spite of whathe had been told, this foolish little pig went there. He sooncaught a very large fish, and while he was trying to carry ithome, Farmer Grumpey came running along with his greatwhip. He quickly dropped the fish, but the farmer caughthim, and as he laid his whip over his back for some time,the little pig ran off, crying, "Wee, wee, wee," all the wayhome.10
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THE BABES IN THE WOOD.A gentleman of good accountIn Norfolk dwelt of late,Whose wealth and riches did surmountMost men of his estate.Sore sick he was, and like to die,No help his life could save;His wife by him as sick did lie,And both were near the grave.No love between these two was lost:Each to the other kind;In love they lived, in love they died,And left two babes behind.Now if the children chanced to die,Ere they to age should come,Their uncle should possess their wealth:For so the will did run.
THE BABES IN THE WOOD."Now, brother," said the dying man,Look to my children dear;Be good unto my boy and girl,No friends else have they here."Their parents being dead and gone,The children home he takes,And brings them both unto his house,Where much of them he makes.He had not kept these pretty babesA twelvemonth and a day,When, for their wealth, he did deviseTo make them both away.He bargain'd with two ruffians bold,Who were of savage mood,That they should take the children twain,And slay them in a wood.They prate and prattle pleasantly,While riding on the way,To those their wicked uncle hired,These lovely babes to slay:5
THE BABES IN THE WOOD.So that the pretty speech they had,Made the ruffians' heart relent;And they that took the deed to do,Full sorely did repent.Yet one of them, more hard of heart,Did vow to do his charge,Because the wretch that hired himHad paid him very large.The other would not agree thereto,So here they fell at strife;With one another they did fight,About the children's life:And he that was of milder mood,Did slay the other there,Within an unfrequented wood;The babes did quake for fear!He took the children by the hand,While they for bread complain:"Stay here," quoth he," I'll bring ye bread,When I do come again."8
THE BABES IN THE WOOD.These pretty babes, with hand in hand,Went wandering up and down;But never more they saw the man,Approaching from the town:Thus wander'd these two pretty dears,Till death did end their grief;In one another's arms they died,Poor babes, past all relief:No burial these innocentsOf any man receives,But robin red-breast lovinglyDid cover them with leaves.The fellow that did take in handThese children for to kill,Was for a robbery judged to die,As was God's blessed will:And did confess the very truth,The which is here express'd;Their uncle died while he for debtDid long in prison rest.10
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