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THE HISTOR YOFTOM THUM B.With Twenty-one Pictures by H. K. Browne.- -- -------------IIERE is a tale They liked him wellOf the doughty 'knight I In Arthur's court,Who in Arthurs' court, That merry urchinTom Thumb was bright. Who made them spolt.He must have been Now good little friendsBut a tiny elf, When this you read,And seen many mice To one thing,:I prayAs big as himself. You'll give good hcceed.And yet we find This good little Tom,He earned some fame, Although so smallAnd every child Was for hiS #ood temper,Has heard his name Beloved by all.Great Arthur loved him, To each little childIt pleased the king If it only triesTo see him dance, May for its good temper,And hear him sing. 2 Be loved likewise.
SAID a peasant to Merlin-I wish I'd a son, And Merlin promised-and so next year,If i V were only as big as my thumb; In the peasant's cottage, the fairies appear.And the queen of the fairies So here you seeBrought a son, How the village rout,With nice little fairy Are serving young MasterGarments on. Thomas out.So small was his size Here is a tinker,When he first did come, In horror and dread,His parents gave him Throwing,away a greatThe name" Tom Thumb." .Pudding of bread,Tom was a lively For the pudding had dancedAnd clever lad; Like a living thingBut cheated at marbles! Because Tom was prancing(Which was bad.) And dancing within.
And that's why Tom's mother that very day From the pudding released he jumped suddenlyHad given to the tinker the pudding away- Down the throat of Grumbo who dwelt by the sea.And as the poor giant was sore And as the King's cook wasin pain, cutting it through,Tom jumped as suddenly out " .'^\ Up jumps Master Tom, cryingagain; How do you do.?And as a great salmon went He was introduced atS.sailing by s King Arthur's court,It snapped up Tom like a When he made for the lords anddragon fly. ladies sport;The salmon that day by fishers He'd dance and caper the wholewas caught, __ day long,And to the court of King Arthur And no one at court sangbrought. -_a better song.S ---
One day he fell inadvertently And another time he was nearly drownedInto King Arthur's fermenty; From falling into a basin round.And after the latter sad mishap A cat once attacked him, as here you see,He fell in disgrace and was put in a trap. But Six Thomas fought her right gallantly;But alas a fell spider's poisonous breath He was buried under a fine tombstone,.So hurt poor Tom that it caused his death; And-HERE LIES TOM THUMB-was written thereon.
THE STORY OF TOM THUMB.ERLIN, the magician, once them so sorrowful: they much wantedSstopped at the cottage of a to have a son; and she added, "If it waspoor couple, who treated him evennobigger thanhisfather's thumb!"very kindly to the best they When the Queen of the Fairies heardhad. He saw that they were not con- from Merlin of this wish of the honesttent with their lot, and the cottager's couple, she promised to grant it. By-wife told him what it was that made and-bye they had, to their great delight,a little son, and sureenough he was no big-ger than a large thumb,and was called, accord-ingly, ToMi THUMB; andowing to his very smallsize, he was always get-ting into scrapes. Oneday, his mother wasmaking a batter pud-ding, and he must needsclimb up the side of thebowl, to see how it wasmixed; but when sheturned her back to speakto a peddler, Tom tum-bled into the batter, andwas presently put withSit into the pot to boil..-. There was then a fine
THE STORY OF TOM THUMB.bustle in the pot, and Tom found it ding, when his mother, hearing himtoo hot to hold him comfortably. His cry, ran out and saved him just inmother thought the pudding was be- time.witched, so she turned it out quickly, Tom's father had made him a whipand gave it to the peddler, who took of barley straw to drive the cattleit away, but soon found it was all with, and one day, when he was trotralive, and in a fright threw it down ting along in a ploughed field, a ravenupon a bed of thistles, where a cow picked him up, as if he were a grub,was feeding. The cow was just about and flew 'away with him to the sea-to gobble np Tom along with the pud- side, where the astonished bird soon
THE STORY OF TOM THUMB.dropped him on the waves. A fish tricks that he soon became a greatcoming by, and thinking Tom would favorite with all.make him a nice meal, swallowed After Tom had been at Court somehim in a minute. This fish was time, the King sent him home to seecaught, and being a very fine one, his father and mother. His parents,was sent as a present to the Court. who thought he was lost, were veryThe fish was taken to the royal glad to see him again, so they madekitchen, and the cross Cook was at much of him. After a short stay withhis wit's end, when, on cutting it open, them, he began to think of returningout popped Master Tom, glad enough to Court; and as his mother could notto be released from his frightful pris- make her appearance there, when sheon. Tom thanked the Cook so po- got near to the Palace, she placedlitely that when he recovered his tem- Tom on the back of her hand, andper he had the little fellow presented with a good puff blew him from aat Court. King Arthur was quite window into the royal garden.charmed with Tom, and the courtiers Tom's return to Court gave muchwere so diverted with his clever pleasure to all; and the King was so
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THE STORY OF TOM THUMB.pleased that he made him go a-hunt- King become of him, for his drolling with him, and had him mounted ways and funny sayings, that heon a very spirited mouse, with a hand- knighted him in the presence of allsome saddle and bridle, and gave the the Court, dubbing him SIR THOMASTHUMB THE GREAT.Tom was one day out hunting onhis frisky mouse, and strayed awayfrom the royal party, when a fierce.looking cat pounced upon poor Mousey,holding him fast with one of her greatpaws. Tom drew his swora, and"tried to save his little steed by attack-ing the cat; but it was of no use.Mousey was, after a good deal of cruelsport on the part of Pussy, killed andeaten; poor Tom, too, got sadl1scratched, and only escaped with lifeby creeping through a hedge into agarden.Tom was now safe, and seeing abutterfly, thought what fun it wouldbe to take a ride on its back; so hejumped up, and in a moment was soar-ing high in the air. On looking down,he saw the King staring up at him inalarm, so he thought it better, whenthe butterfly alighted on a wall, toslip off quietly. But here a venomousspider fixed his cruel eyes upon him,little hero a trusty sword to defend and got him within his sticky web.him from all enemies. Tomtvas now There was then a terrible fight betweenvery happy, and so for4 did the Tom and his ugly enemy; the little
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