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Group Title: Robinson Crusoe series
Title: Rip van Winkle
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 Material Information
Title: Rip van Winkle
Series Title: Robinson Crusoe series
Physical Description: 12 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Webster, George P
Irving, Washington, 1783-1859
McLoughlin Bros., inc ( Publisher )
Publisher: McLoughlin
Place of Publication: New York
Publication Date: c1889
 Subjects
Subject: Children's poetry -- 1889   ( lcsh )
Bldn -- 1889
Genre: Children's poetry   ( lcsh )
fiction   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: United States -- New York -- New York
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General Note: Cover title.
General Note: Responsibility statement from caption by-line.
General Note: Story in verse.
General Note: Text begins on p. 2 and ends on p. 3 of paper cover.
Funding: Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00054732
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved, Board of Trustees of the University of Florida.
Resource Identifier: aleph - 001879072
oclc - 29394113
notis - AJV4145

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RIP VAN WINKLE.
By GEORGE P. WEBSTER.



NEAR to the town, in a cottage small,
Lived RIP VAN WINKLE, known to all
i As a harmless, drinking, shiftless lout,
'1i ; Who never would work, but roamed about,
Always ready with jest and song-
--Idling, tippling, all day long.
I-' Shame on you, Rip!" cried the scolding
-- vrows;
And old men muttered and knit their brows.
-__-- Not so with the boys, for they would shout,
And follow their hero, Rip, about,
Early or late-it was all the same,
They gave him a place in every game.
At ball he was ready to throw or catch;
At marbles, too, he was quite their match; .-
And many an urchin's face grew bright, '
When Rip took hold of his twine and kite. !/'I .
And so he frittered the time away- /
"Good natured enough," they all would say;

As Rip, in his cups, went reeling by, ;W\\\
With a silly smirk and a drunken leer---
His good dog-Schneider always near.
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RIP VAN WINKLE.

Rip was fond of his rod and line,
And many a time, when the day was fine,
He would wander out to some neighboring stream,
And there, with his dog, would sit and dream;
Hour after hour, would he dozing wait,
And woe to the fish that touched his bait.
But the stream of his life ran sometimes rough,
And his good Vrow" gave him many a cuff,
For she was never a gentle
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And Rip was a toper, and much
to blame.
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care
For his wife or his home-he
was seldom there-
But tried in his cups his cares
to drown
His scolding wife, with her
threatening frown,
At his cottage door he was sure
to see-
Ah this," said Rip, "is no place for me."
So down to the tavern to drink his rum,
And waste his time with some red-nosed chum,
He was sure to go; for he knew that there
He would find a glass and a vacant chair,
And jolly fellows, who liked his fun,
And the tales he told of his dog and gun.









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RIP VAN WINKLE.

But his was still but a sorry life,
For, sot as he was, he loved his wife;
But he would tipple both day and night,
And she would scold him with all her might.
Thus Rip Van Winkle had many a grief,
And up 'mongst the mountains sought relief.
For lowering clouds or a burning sun
He cared but little; his dog and gun
Were his friends, he knew; while they were near
He roamed the forests, and felt no fear,
If tired at last, and a seat he took,
And his dog came up with a hungry look,
He had always a crust or bone to spare,
And Schneider was certain to get his share.
And then if a squirrel chanced to stray
In range of his gun, he would blaze away,
And he held it too with a steady aim-
Rip never was known to miss his game.
But over his ills he would sometimes brood
And scale the peaks in a gloomy mood;
And once he had climbed to a dizzy
height,
., When the sun went down. at
the shades of night
Came up from the vale, and the
pine-trees tall,
4 -_.-". And the old gray rocks, and the
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RIP VAN WINKLE.

Grew dusky and dim, and faded away,
Till night, like a pall, on the mountain lay. --
Full many a mile he had strayed that day, -
And up in the mountains had lost his way; .N ,
And there he must stay through the gloomy ,
night,
And shiver and wait for the morning
light.
He thought of the stories, strange ,
and old,
Which the graybeards down in
the village told;
'And what," said he, '' if the tale
were true
I have heard so oft of a phantom crew,
Who up in the Catskills, all night long,
Frolic and revel with wine and song."
Just then a voice from a neighboring hill
Cried, "Rip Van Winkle!" and all was still.
Then he looked above and he looked below,
And saw not a thing but a lonely crow.
Ho, Rip Van Winkle!" the voice still cried,
And Schneider skulked to his master's side.
Just then from a thicket a man came out--
His legs were short and his body stout,
He looked like a Dutchman in days of yore,
With buttons behind and buttons before;
And held a keg with an iron grip,
And beckon-d for help at the gazing Rip.










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RIP VAN WINKLE.

Rip had his fears, but at last complied,
And bore the keg up the mountain side;
And now and then, when a thunder-peal
Made the mountain tremble, Rip would steal
A look at his guide, but a never a word
From the lips of the queer old man was heard.
Up, up they clambered, until, at last,
The stranger halted. Rip quickly cast
A glance around, and as strange a crew
As ever a mortal man did view
Were playing at nine-pins; at every ball
'Twas fun to see how the pins would fall;
And they rolled and rolled, without speaking a word,
And this was the thunder Rip had heard.
Their hats looked odd, each with sugar-loaf crown,
And their eyes were small and their beards hung down,
While their high-heeled shoes all had peaked
toes,
.- And their legs were covered with blood-red
:I hose;
Their noses were long, like a porker's snout,
And they nodded and winked as they
moved about.
SThey tapped the keg, and the liquor
flowed,
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glowed;
Alt ,. And a queer old man made a sign to
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RIP VAN WINKLE.

As much as to say, "Will you take a nip?"
Nor did he linger or stop to think, '
For Rip was thirsty and wanted a drink.
" I'll risk it," thought he; it can be no sin, i
And it smells like the best of Holland gin;"
So he tipped his cup to a grim old chap,
And drained it; then, for a quiet nap,
He stretched himself on the mossy ground,
And soon was wrapped in a sleep profound.
At last he woke; 'twas a sunny morn,
And the strange old man of the glen was gone;
He saw the young birds flutter and hop,
And an eagle wheeled round the mountain-top;
Then he rubbed his eyes for another sight-
'- Surely," said he, I have slept all night,"
He thought of the flagon and nine-pin game;
Oh! what shall I say to my fiery dame!"
He, faintly faltered; I know that she
Has a fearful lecture in store for me."
He took up his gun, and strange to say,
The wood had rotted and worn away:
He raised to his feet, and his joints were sore;
Said he, I must go to my home once more."
Then, with trembling step, he wandered down;
Amazed, he entered his native town.
The people looked with a wondering stare,
For Rip, alas! was a stranger there;
He tottered up to his cottage door,
But his wife was dead, and could" scold no more.






















































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And down at the tavern he
sought in vain
For the chums he would never
meet again.
He met a youth, and at him
..^ '. "he gazed
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'' mind amazed,
....-\ ,- For his own true image he
seemed to be
-'- 0 As he lazily lolled against a
tree;
-' i Nor did he dream 'twas his
darling son
He had only known as his little one.
He looked, as he passed, at a group of girls,
For the laughing eye and the flaxen curls
Of the child he had loved as he
loved his life,
But she was a thrifty farmer's
wife;
And when they met, and her hand
he took, -
She blushed and gave him a puz-
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But she knew her father and kissed
his brow, 7 0
All covered with marks and '
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For Rip Van Winkle was old and
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And twenty summers had passed
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Had he in his mountain slumber lost;
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And he often told of the nine-pin
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'. And the strange adventures through
which he went
The night that he had on the mountain spent;
Nor did he the potent drink forget-
Its taste on his palate lingered yet.
But the age was getting a little fast;
The Revolution had come and passed,
And Young America, gathered about,
Received his tales with many a doubt.
Awhile he hobbled about the town;
Then, worn and weary, at last laid down,
For his locks were white and his limbs were sore-
And RIP VAN WINKLE will wake no more.
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