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THE PET LAMB.
The dew was falling fast, the stars began to blink;
I heard a voice: it said, Drink, pretty creature,
And, looking o'er the hedge, before me I espied
A snow-white mountain-lamb, with a Maiden at its
No other sheep were near, the lamb was all alone,
And by a slender cord was tethered to a stone;
With one knee on the grass did the little Maiden
While to that mountain-lamb, she gave its evening
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2 The Pet Lamb.
The lamb, while from her hand he thus his supper
Seemed to feast with head and ears; and his tail
with pleasure shook.
" Drink, pretty creature, drink," she said in such a
That I almost received her heart into my own.
'Twas little Barbara Lewthwaite, a child of beauty
I watched them with delight; they were a lovely pair.
Now with her empty can the Maiden turned away;
But ere ten yards were gone her footsteps did she
"Towards the lamb she looked ; and from that shady
I unobserved could see the workings of her face;
If Nature to her tongue could measured numbers
Thus, thought I, to her lamb that little Maid might
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" What ails thee, young One? What? Why pull so
at thy cord ?
Is it not well with thee? Well both for bed and board?
Thy plot of grass is soft, and green as grass can be;
Rest, little young One, rest; what is't that aileth thee?
"What is it thou wouldst seek? What is wanting to
Thy limbs are they not strong? And beautiful thou
This grass is tender grass; those flowers they have
no peers ;
And that green corn all day is rustling in thy ears!
"If the sun be shining hot, do but stretch thy
This beech is standing by, its covert thou canst gain;
For rain and mountain storms, the like thou need'st
The rain and storm are things which scarcely can
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" Rest, little young One, rest; thou hast forgot the day
When my father found thee first in places far away:
Many flocks were on the hills, but thou wert owned
And thy mother from thy side for evermore was gone.
"He took thee in his arms, and in pity brought
"A blessed day for thee! then whither wouldst thou
"A faithful nurse thou hast; the dam that did thee
Upon the mountain tops no kinder could have been.
"Thou know'st that twice a day I have brought
thee in this can
Fresh water from the brook, as clear as ever ran;
And twice in the day, when the ground is wet with
I bring thee draughts of milk, warm milk it is and
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"Thy limbs will shortly be twice as stout as they
Then I'll yoke thee to my cart like a pony in the
My playmate thou shalt be; and when the wind is
Our hearth shall be thy bed, our house shall be
"It will not, will not rest !-poor creature, can it be
That 'tis thy mother's heart which is working so in
Things that I know not of belike to thee are dear,
And dreams of things which thou canst neither see
" Alas, the mountain-tops that look so green and fair!
I've heard of fearful winds and darkness that come
The little brooks that seem all pastime and all play,
When they are angry, roar like lions for their prey
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"'Here thou need'st not dread the raven in the sky;
Night and day thou art safe,-our cottage is hard by.
Why bleat so after me? Why pull so at thy chain?
Sleep-and at break of day I will come to thee again!"
As homeward through the lane I went with lazy feet,
This song to myself did I oftentimes repeat;
And it seemed, as I retraced the ballad line by line,
That but half of it was theirs, and one half of it
Again, and once again, did I repeat the song;
" Nay," said I, "more than half to the damsel must
For she looked with such a look, and she spake
with such a tone,
That I almost received her heart into my own."
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i. NURSERY RHYMES 34-- JACK AND THEBA$AL
2. ALPHABET OF TRADE-S:.,, 35. THE LAUGHABLEA -
3. CINDEELA 36. WILD ANIMALSFrtSre,
4. ALPHABET OF PRETT AE 37. it
5. OLD TESrAMENT ALPHABET A8 Ditto TidSr
6.THE TURtE LITTLE KITTENS 39. TAME ANIMALSFisSee*
THIS LITTLE PIG WENT TO -MARKET 40- Ditto ScnSre
S. TOM TH'". B-S-ALPHABET: 4r. Ditto fidSre
9. NURSERY SONGS 4 Ditto Sre
so.NE TSTAMENT ALPHABET 3 I AML
1 OURt FARMYARD ALPHIABE T 44. MY MOTHER
13. THE HISTORY OF MOSES THE DOGS' DINNER,
: THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH 46. LITTLE DOG TRS*
15. THE ALPHABET OF. FLOWERS 47. THE WHITE CA
16. NUR&E RY kf-IYMES 5 DASH AND THE UKIO'
17. NURSFRY'GAMES -5i. REYNARD THEFY
7t,. THE LIFk OF OUR LORD :52, ALPHABET OFFARTLE
2 THE THREE BEARS 5 TITTUMS AND Tl(
:213' LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD 54.. ANN AND HERAM,,
24. 2NEW TALE OF A TUB* 55, THE CATT'TEAPRY
25. NURSERY TALES 0-. BABY
.26. OLD MOTHEI HUBBARD 57. HENNY PENNY
27. PICTURES FROM ENGLISH HISTORY- .58. THE PEACOCKATHM
2&-- Di Second Period 59. T1E SLEEPING
29., Ditto Third Period 6o. THE TOY PRIM d
3 Ditto Fourth Period 6r THE PET LAMB
31- PUSS IN BOOTS 6-1. TH I FAIR ON AITH HPGVE
p.TOM THUMB LOCKS
33. BABES IN THE WOOD 6,3. JACK- THE GTANT'KLF
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