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BRUIN THE BEAR.M Y friends, as some of you might likeMy history to hear,The story of Mny whole past lifeI'll tell you, said a Bear.In future years you may, perchanceYour happy journey takeTo the wild shore where Polar wavesUpon the ice-floes break.'Tis Hudson's Bay-that region cold-And truly, to my mind,You might roam o'er the whole wide world,And ne'er such fair land find.'Tis thence I come. My kithi and kinStill roam about there wild:I spent there many happy daysWhile I was yet a child.I used to lie upon the ice,"And bask there in the sun;here with my brothers, in the snow,ft have we races run.e blissful days were short,"ed soon to cease:interfering menbears in peace? TheBaldwinLibraryFli daAm~
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BRUIN THE BEAR.My great delight was roving offAlone, away from home.My mother said I must take careNever too far to roam.She told me there were wicked menWho lay in wait for bears.But I, a giddy little cub,But ill repaid her cares;For I was young and foolish too,And thought, "I'm much too small:I'm pretty sure those silly men"Won't care for me at all."But I was wrong; for traps were laid,And I, alas I was caught.Ah I then I wished my mother's wordsHad not been said for nought.I wondered what would happen next,-And what would be my fate.I tried to get away again,-Ah me I it was too late IMy captors placed me in a houseThat swam upon the sea;I heard them call the thing a ship;-A prison 't was for me.
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BRUIN THE BEAR.Long had it sailed in Northern seas,Here the bright icebergs stay,Searching to find the great North Pole,Through many a dangerous way.Is it because I am a bearThat I can never seeIf the North Pole were found at last,What use it then would be?We sailed for home. I really thoughtThe journey ne'er would end IYet still I had the happinessOn board to make a friend.One of the sailors often usedKindness to me to show:That all men need not cruel beI learnt through him to know.He taught me many funny tricks.Sometimes the sailors came,And ran with me about the deck,-We had a merry game.At length our journey reached its close,In England we arrived.Ah me I it was so hard to beOf liberty deprived I3
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BRUIN THE BEAR.For I was sold. And soon I foundThat I was forced to learnTo jump about and to perform,My master's bread to earn.Thanks to my lessons, I becameA most accomplished bear;And then well pleased my master wasSTo take me to a fair.It was a most enchanting sightThat met my wondering eyes:The splendid booths, the gaudy shows,All filled me with surprise.They made me dance, they made me jump,And many people cameTo stare at all my wondrous feats,And thus I gained much fame.To several other splendid fairsI with my master went;There I performed to gaping crowds:Thus many months we spent.But very oft a yearning thoughtI sent to my old home;I hated this captivity,--Longed once more free to romn.4
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BRUIN THE BEAR.Our journeys brought us to a town"Where we remained one night;'Twas here that from my hated lifeI contemplated flight.One moment I was left alone,Safe from my master's eye:The opportunity I seized,-At once I turned to fly.I ran along through one whole street:Where'er I took my wayThe people did not stop my flight,But turned to run away.I hardly knew what road to take,So on I wildly tore:The people stared as though they ne'erHad seen a bear before.Alas for me I I was pursued II heard the people cry,"He went that way!" and soon I sawMy master coming nigh.Then I was caught and taken back,My flight was no avail;My angry master said that heSSh o u l d p u t m e u p f o r s a l e .L __ 5
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BRUIN THE BEAR.He did not want to keep a bearWho tried to run away.He sought to find a purchaserWho a good price would pay.At length my fate was fixed, that ITo London was to go.Within a cage, in Regent's Park,I was put up for show.'Tis there I live, and there, no doubt,That I my life shall spend:Good bye,-I've kept you long enough;My story's at an end.Yet one word more before I cease:Take warning by my fate,And profit by your mother's wordsBefore it is too late.oil-- ',----------------------
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