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The Baldwin Lbra'y
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P LAY H, OURS
twelve page illustrations lprinteb in Colours
FREDERICK WARNE AND CO.
15, BEDFORD STREET, STRAND.
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On the nursery table,
Proud to find that, all alone,
To help herself she's able.
Milk and water, bread and jam,
Taken thus are quite a treat,
And an added charm she finds
In her new and lofty seat.
ON the river Johnny rows
Pretty little May;
With the gently-parting stream
Her small fingers play,
Dabbling in the tiny waves,
As they float along,
While her sweet and tender voice
Murmurs a low song.
IN the green meadows the children play
All through the pleasant summer day;
Making posies of sweet wild flowers,
They forget to count the sunny hours.
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$WALLOWS! Swallows! up on high,
In swift circles darting by,
Tell me, tell me where you fly
When the summer roses die?
To the shores of the old Nile,
Where the sunbeams always smile,
Far from winter's cruel snow,
Little child, we swallows go;
But, when Spring begins her reign,
We will come to you again.
1NNIE thinks skipping is very great fun,
She seizes her rope when lessons are done,
And over it bounds in her childish mirth,
Her little feet scarcely touching the earth.-
OEE-UP, gee-up, my good swift steeds,
To London trot away;
And when the stable-yard we reach
I'll give you good fresh hay.
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I(ITTLE darlings fast asleep,
Tired with play and fun;
Arthur in his baby hand
Grasps his little gun;
On his shoulder tiny Pearl
Rests her golden head;
Unseen guardians hover near,
Round the infants' bed.
OH, pleasant the toil in the fragrant hay,
Where the children work in their hour of play;
How sweet it smells as they toss it about!
But why does Nelly sit on it and pout?
Because brother Willie has called her cross,"
No longer the hay she will turn and toss;
But sullen sits there, and her finger bites-
Bad temper can spoil our sweetest delights.
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KIND little sister Edith reads
The story of the valiant deeds
Of Jack who the great giant slew,
And never fear of any knew.
The children listen with delight,
And wish, like Jack, all wrongs to right.
ERBERT and Bessie, arm in arm,
From church are coming home-
Never from paths of holiness
May these dear children roam.
SINGING sweetly, and together,
A pretty nurs'ry rhyme,
Ethel and little Gervase stand,
His finger marking time.
Dear children! thus in harmony
May their young lives unite,
And not a discord break the strain
So sweet and true to-night..
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[ERE'S a lump of sugar, Poll,"
Kind little Ada cries.
" Hold up your head! Don't speak so loud!"
The thankless bird replies.
"Oh! why don't you say 'thank you, dear?'
I've taught you that before."
The parrot gave a cunning wink,
And said, I think the more."
OEORGE is flying his kite to-day,
And the wind, which is high and strong,
Struggles hard to tear it away
From the boy as he runs along.
Said George, "You may pull, wind, with all your might,
But I'll take care you don't get my kite."
WHEN the children's ball and supper are done,
Mary thinks pulling a cracker good fun;
And makes little Johnny lend her his aid,
Although the boy certainly looks afraid.
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OH! what wonderful balls of light
Brother Ned is blowing to-day;
How they float, and glimmer, and shine,
And then they break and melt away.
If I could but catch one to keep!
But to grasp one vainly I try:
Perhaps, when I'm a grown-up girl,
I may catch bubbles-by and by.
ON the gate we gaily swing,
Happier than any king.
This we real pleasure call!-
Ah, take care you do not fall!:
THESE happy little ones you see
Are come with Mary to drink tea;
And, like Mamma," the child pretends
To entertain her little friends.
They, also, in their pretty way,
At being grown-up ladies play.
SHE children play upon the sands;
In the blue water Bessie stands.
What joy it is, thus wild and free,
To frolic by the mighty sea.
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SITTEE, pattee! away we all run!
A shower of rain is capital fun,
Especially when we've parasols,
No matter if they have a few holes.
And if our boots should chance to get wet
We'll change them when to the house we get.
ROSY apples, ripe and sweet,
Are a pleasant country treat;
Arthur pulls them from the tree-
Edie's basket full will be
Before the pair go home to tea.
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< IN the swing Johnny and Ada stay,
"Waiting for some one to come that way
And set them off-till they swing so high
They can nearly touch the bright blue sky.
ULL dressed for the children's ball
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Merry partners may she find,
SL And may all her friends be kind.
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HOW they fall,
The yellow leaves! fl///
Golden as the
Little May, with startled look,
Glancing upwards from her book,
Brother Johnny riding, sees,
On a bough, quite at his ease.
ST her easel Mabel sits,
Sketching in some pretty bits."
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IITTLE Johnny is trying to-day
To teach his sister with him to play;
For CRICKET is not a game for one,
Though PEG-TOP a boy may play alone.
The shuttlecock flies;
!u/. To catch it, May
Most eagerly tries;
While to Annie
She hurriedly calls,
"Count the catches
Before it falls."
f ARRY, with baton
In his hand,
Leads the young voices
Of his band.
MARY hails OALLANT soldiers
With words of love Here you see;
The return Our defenders
Of her white dove. They will be.
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