• TABLE OF CONTENTS
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 Front Cover
 Half Title
 Frontispiece
 Title Page
 Preface
 Table of Contents
 The cow
 Good night
 Getting up
 Baby and mamma
 The sparrows
 The kind mamma
 Learning to go alone
 About the little girl that beat...
 The little girl to her dolly
 The star
 Come and play in the garden
 About learning to read
 No breakfast for Growler
 Poor children
 Learning to draw
 Of what are your clothes made?
 Little girls must not fret
 Breakfast and puss
 The flower and the lady, about...
 The baby's dance
 For a little girl that did not...
 The cut
 The little girl that could not...
 Questions and answers
 Playing with fire
 The field daisy
 The Michaelmas daisy
 Dutiful jem
 The ants' nest
 Sleepy Harry
 Going to bed
 Idle Mary
 The little husbandman
 The little child
 The old beggar man
 The little coward
 The sheep
 The little boy who made himself...
 The cruel boy and the kittens
 To a little girl that liked to...
 The work-bag
 Which is the best way to be...
 The frolicsome kitten
 A fine thing
 A pretty thing
 Little birds and cruel boys
 The snowdrop
 Romping
 Working
 The selfish snails
 Good Dobbin
 Sulking
 Going to bed
 Time to get up
 The poor fly
 The tumble
 The little fish that would not...
 The little baby
 What came of firing a gun
 The little negro
 About the little negro again
 Poor donkey
 The spring nosegay
 The summer nosegay
 The autumn nosegay
 The winter nosegay
 The little lark
 The quarrelsome dogs
 The honest ploughman
 The little beggar girl
 Poor puss
 The little ants
 The meadows
 The wasp and the bee
 The little girl who was naughty,...
 The dunce of a kitten
 A very sorrowful story
 Advertising
 Back Cover
 Spine






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Title: Rhymes for the nursery
Physical Description: 176, 8 p., 1 leaf of plates : ill. ; 14 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Taylor, Ann, 1782-1866
Gilbert, John, 1817-1897 ( Illustrator )
Strahan & Co ( Publisher )
J.S. Virtue and Co ( Printer )
Publisher: Strahan & Co.
Place of Publication: London
Manufacturer: Virtue and Co.
Publication Date: 1870
 Subjects
Subject: Children's poetry   ( lcsh )
Children's poetry -- 1870   ( lcsh )
Publishers' catalogues -- 1870   ( rbgenr )
Nursery rhymes -- 1870   ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1870
Genre: Children's poetry   ( lcsh )
Publishers' catalogues   ( rbgenr )
Nursery rhymes   ( rbgenr )
poetry   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: England -- London
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Statement of Responsibility: by the author of "Original poems" ; with sixteen illustrations by Gilbert.
General Note: Publisher's catalogue follows text.
Funding: Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
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Bibliographic ID: UF00055075
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
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Cover 1
        Cover 2
    Half Title
        Page i
    Frontispiece
        Page ii
    Title Page
        Page iii
    Preface
        Page iv
    Table of Contents
        Page v
        Page vi
        Page vii
        Page viii
    The cow
        Page 1
        Page 2
    Good night
        Page 3
        Page 4
    Getting up
        Page 5
        Page 6
    Baby and mamma
        Page 7
    The sparrows
        Page 8
        Page 9
        Page 10
    The kind mamma
        Page 11
        Page 12
    Learning to go alone
        Plate
        Page 13
    About the little girl that beat her sister
        Page 14
        Page 15
    The little girl to her dolly
        Page 16
        Page 17
    The star
        Page 18
        Page 19
    Come and play in the garden
        Page 20
        Page 21
    About learning to read
        Page 22
        Page 23
    No breakfast for Growler
        Page 24
        Page 25
    Poor children
        Page 26
        Page 27
    Learning to draw
        Page 28
        Plate
        Page 29
    Of what are your clothes made?
        Page 30
        Page 31
        Page 32
    Little girls must not fret
        Page 33
        Page 34
    Breakfast and puss
        Page 35
        Page 36
    The flower and the lady, about getting up
        Page 37
        Page 38
    The baby's dance
        Page 39
    For a little girl that did not like to be washed
        Page 40
        Page 41
    The cut
        Page 42
        Plate
        Page 43
    The little girl that could not read
        Page 44
        Page 45
    Questions and answers
        Page 46
        Page 47
    Playing with fire
        Page 48
        Page 49
    The field daisy
        Page 50
    The Michaelmas daisy
        Page 51
    Dutiful jem
        Page 52
        Plate
        Page 53
        Page 54
        Page 55
        Page 56
    The ants' nest
        Page 57
        Page 58
    Sleepy Harry
        Plate
        Page 59
        Page 60
    Going to bed
        Page 61
        Page 62
    Idle Mary
        Page 63
        Page 64
    The little husbandman
        Page 65
        Page 66
    The little child
        Page 67
        Page 68
        Page 69
    The old beggar man
        Page 70
        Plate
        Page 71
    The little coward
        Page 72
        Page 73
    The sheep
        Page 74
        Page 75
    The little boy who made himself ill
        Page 76
        Page 77
        Page 78
        Plate
    The cruel boy and the kittens
        Page 81
        Page 82
    To a little girl that liked to look in the glass
        Page 79
        Page 80
    The work-bag
        Page 83
        Page 84
    Which is the best way to be happy
        Page 85
        Page 86
    The frolicsome kitten
        Plate
        Page 87
        Page 88
    A fine thing
        Page 89
        Page 90
    A pretty thing
        Page 91
        Page 92
    Little birds and cruel boys
        Page 93
        Page 94
        Page 95
    The snowdrop
        Page 96
        Page 97
    Romping
        Page 98
        Plate
        Page 99
        Page 100
    Working
        Page 101
        Page 102
    The selfish snails
        Page 103
        Page 104
    Good Dobbin
        Plate
        Page 105
        Page 106
        Page 107
    Sulking
        Page 108
        Page 109
    Going to bed
        Page 110
        Page 111
    Time to get up
        Page 112
        Page 113
    The poor fly
        Page 114
        Page 115
        Page 116
    The tumble
        Page 117
        Page 118
        Page 119
    The little fish that would not do as it was bid
        Page 120
        Page 121
    The little baby
        Page 122
        Plate
        Page 123
        Page 124
    What came of firing a gun
        Page 125
        Page 126
        Page 127
    The little negro
        Page 128
        Page 129
        Page 130
    About the little negro again
        Page 131
        Page 132
        Page 133
    Poor donkey
        Page 134
        Plate
        Page 135
        Page 136
    The spring nosegay
        Page 137
        Page 138
    The summer nosegay
        Page 139
        Page 140
    The autumn nosegay
        Page 141
        Page 142
    The winter nosegay
        Page 143
        Page 144
    The little lark
        Page 145
        Page 146
        Page 147
    The quarrelsome dogs
        Page 148
        Page 149
        Page 150
    The honest ploughman
        Plate
        Page 151
        Page 152
    The little beggar girl
        Page 153
        Page 154
    Poor puss
        Page 155
        Page 156
        Page 157
    The little ants
        Page 158
        Page 159
    The meadows
        Page 160
        Plate
        Page 161
        Page 162
    The wasp and the bee
        Page 163
        Page 164
        Page 165
        Page 166
    The little girl who was naughty, and who was afterwards very sorry for it
        Page 167
        Page 168
        Page 169
        Page 170
    The dunce of a kitten
        Page 171
        Page 172
    A very sorrowful story
        Page 173
        Page 174
        Page 175
        Page 176
    Advertising
        Page 1
        Page 2
        Page 3
        Page 4
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
    Back Cover
        Cover 1
        Cover 2
    Spine
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PREFACE.



IN the simple title of "Rhymes for the Nursery," the
pretensions of this little volume are fully explained. In
the Nursery they are designed to circulate, and within its
sanctuary walls the writers claim shelter from the eye of
criticism; though, should they appear to have admitted
any sentiment injudicious, erroneous, or dangerous, they
ask not such an indulgence.

It has been questioned by authority they respect whether
ideas adapted to the comprehension of infancy admit the
restrictions of rhyme and metre ? With humility, there-
fore, the present attempt has been made: should it, how-
ever, in any degree prove successful, the writers must
certainly acknowledge themselves indebted rather to the
plainness of prose, than to the decorations of poetry.














CONTENTS.


Page
THE Cow 1
GOOD NIGHT .
GETTING UP 5
BABY AND mMAMMA .
THE SPARROWS. .
THE KIND AMMA. 11
LEARNING TO GO ALONE .13
ABOUT THE LITTLE GIRL THAT BEAT IHER SISTER 14
THE LITTLE GIRL TO HER DOLLY 6
THE STAR. 18
COME AND PLAY IN THE GARDEN 20
ABOUT LEARNING TO READ 2
NO BREAKFAST FOR GROWLER 2
POOR CHILDREN .
LEARNING TO DRAW 28
OF WHAT ARE YOUR CLOTHES MADE ? 30






Vi CONTENTS.
Page
LITTLE GIRLS MUST NOT FRET 33
BREAKFAST AND PUSS .35
THE FLOWER AND THE LADY, ABOUT GETTING UP 37
THE BABY'S DANCE 39
FOR A LITTLE GIRL THAT DID NOT LIKE TO BE WASHED 40
THE CUT 42
THE LITTLE GIRL THAT COULD NOT READ 44
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 46
PLAYING WITH FIRE 48
THE FIELD DAISY 50
THE MICHAELMAS DAISY 51
DUTIFUL JEM 52
THE ANTS' NEST 57
SLEEPY HARRY 9
GOING TO BED .
IDLE MARY 63
THE LITTLE HUSBANDMAN 65
THE LITTLE CHILD 67
THE OLD BEGGAR AN 70
THE LITTLE COWARD 72
THE SHEEP 74
THE LITTLE BOY WHO MADE HIMSELF ILL .. 76
TO A LITTLE GIRL THAT LIKED TO LOOK IN THE GLASS. 79
THE CRUEL BOY AND THE KITTENS 81







CONTENTS. Vii
Page
THE WORK-BAG 83
WHICH IS THE BEST WAY TO BE HAPPY 85
THE FROLICSOMIE KITTEN 87
A FINE THING 89
A PRETTY THING 91
LITTLE BIRDS AND CRUEL BOYS 93
THE SNOWDROP 96
ROMPING. 98
WORKING 101
THE SELFISH SNALS 103
GOOD DOBBIN 135
SULKING. 108
GOING TO BD 110
TIME TO GET UP 112
THE POOR FLY 114
THE TUMBLE 117
THE LITTLE FISH THAT WOULD NOT DO AS IT WTAS BID. 120
THE LITTLE BABY 122
WHAT CAME OF FIRING A GUN 125
THE LITTLE NEGRO 128
ABOUT THE LITTLE NEGRO AGAIN 131
PooR DONKEY 134
THE SPRING NOSEGAY 137
THE SUMMER NOSEGAY 139







Viii CONTENTS.
Page
THE AUTUMN NOSEGAY 141
THE WINTER NOSEGAY 143
THE LITTLE LARK .145
THE QUARRELSOME DOGS 148
THE HONEST PLOUGHMAN 151
THE LITTLE BEGGAR GIRL 153
POOR Puss. 155
THE LITTLE ANTS 158
THE MEADOWS 160
THE WASP AND THE BEE 163
THE LITTLE GIRL WHO WAS NAUGHTY, AND WHO WAS
AFTERWARDS VERY SORRY FOR IT 167
THE DUNCE OF A KITTEN 171
A VERY SORROWFUL SToRY 173












RHYMES

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THE NURSERY.

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THE COW.

THANK yOU, pretty cow, that made
Pleasant milk to soak my bread,
Every day, and every night,
Warm, and fresh, and sweet, and white.
B







Do not chew the hemlock rank,
Growing on the weedy bank;
But the yellow cowslips eat,
They perhaps will make it sweet.

Where the purple violet grows,
Where the bubbling water flows,
Where the grass is fresh and fine,
Pretty cow, go there and dine.




3



GOOD NIGHT.

LITTLE baby, lay your head
On your pretty cradle-bed;
Shut your eye-peeps, now the day
And the light are gone away;
All the clothes are tucked in tight;
Little baby dear, good night.

Yes, my darling, well I know
How the bitter wind doth blow;
And the winter's snow and rain,
Patter on the window-pane:






4

But they cannot come in here,
To my little baby dear;


For the window shutteth fast,
Till the stormy night is past;
Or the curtains we may spread
Round about her cradle-bed:
So till morning shineth bright,
Little baby dear, good nigit.





5



GETTING UP.

Now, my baby, ope your eye,
For the sun is in the sky,
And he's peeping once again
Through the frosty window-pane
Little baby, do not keep
Any longer fast asleep.


There now, sit in mother's lap,
That she may untie your cap;
For the little strings have got
Twisted into such a knot:






6

Yes, you know you've been at play
With the bobbin as you lay.


There it comes, now let us see
Where your petticoats can be:
Oh! they're in the window-seat,
Folded very smooth and neat:
When my baby older grows,
She shall double up her clothes.

Now one pretty little kiss,
For dressing you so nice as this;
But before we go down-stairs,
Don't for et to say your prayers s




7

For 'tis GOD who loves to keep
Little babies while they sleep.





BABY AND MAMMIA.

WHAT a little thing am I!
Hardly higher than the table:
I can eat, and play, and cry,
But to work I am not able.

Nothing in the world I know,
But mamma will try and show me:





8

Sweet mamma, I love her so,
She's so very kind unto me.


And she sets me on her knee,
Very often, for some kisses:
Oh I how good I'll try to be,
For such a dear mamma as this is.



THE SPARROWS.
HoP about, pretty sparrows, and pick up
the hay,
And the twigs, and the wool, and the
moss;




9

Indeed, I'll stand far enough out of
your way,
Don't fly from the window so cross.

I don't mean to catch you, you dear
little Dick,
And fasten you up in a cage;
To hop all day long on a straight bit
of stick,
Or to flutter about in a rage.


I only just want to stand by you and see
How you gather the twigs for your
house;





10

Or to sit at the foot of the jenneting
tree,
While you twitter a song in the
boughs.

Oh dear, if you'd eat a crumb out of
my hand,
How happy and glad I should be I
Then come, little bird, while I quietly
stand
At the foot of the jenneting tree.




11

THE KIND MAMMA.
COME, dear, and sit upon my knee,
And give me kisses, one, two, three,
And tell me whether you love me,
My baby.

For this I'm sure, that I love you,
And many, many things I do,
And many an hour I sit and sew
For baby.

Sometimes at night I lie awake,
Thinking of things that I can make,
And trouble that I mean to take
For baby.





12

And when you're good and do not cry,
Nor into angry passions fly,
You can't think how papa and I
Love baby.

But if my little child should grow
To be a naughty child, you know
'Twould grieve mamma to see her so,
My baby.

And when you saw me pale and thin,
By grieving for my baby's sin,
I think you'd wish that you had been
A better baby.













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LEARNING TO GO ALONE.
COME, my darling, come away,
Take a pretty walk to-day;
Run along, and never fear,
I'll take care of baby dear:
Up and down with little feet,
That's the way to walk, my sweet.
Now it is so very near,
Soon she'll get to mother dear.
There she comes along at last:
Here's my finger, hold it fast:
Now one pretty little kiss,
After such a walk as this.





14





ABOUT THE LITTLE GIRL THAT BEAT
HER SISTER.

Go, go, my naughty girl, and kiss
Your little sister dear;
I must not have such things as this,
And noisy quarrels here.


What! little children scratch and fight,
That ought to be so mild;
Oh! Mary, it's a shocking sight
To see an angry child.




15

I can't imagine, for my part,
The reason of your folly,
She did not do you any hurt,
By playing with your Dolly.

See, see, the little tears that run
Fast from her watery eye:
Come, my sweet innocent, have done,
'Twill do no good to cry.

Go, Mary, wipe her tears away,
And make it up with kisses:
And never turn a pretty play
To such a pet as this is.





16


THE LITTLE GIRL TO HER DOLLY.

THERE, go to sleep, Dolly, in own mother's
lap;
I've put on your night-gown and neat
little cap;
So sleep, pretty baby, and shut up your
eye,
Bye bye, little Dolly, lie still and bye bye.

I'll lay my clean handkerchief over your
head,
And then make believe that my lap is
your bed;




17

So hush, little dear, and be sure you
don't cry:
Bye bye, little Dolly, lie still, and bye
bye.


There, now it is morning, and time to
get up,
And I'll crumb you a mess in my own
china cup;
So wake, little baby, and open your eye,
For I think it's high time to have done
with bye bye.



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THE STAR.

TWINKLE, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.




19

Then the traveller in the dark,
Thanks you for your tiny spark!
He could not see which way to go,
If you did not twinkle so.

In the dark blue sky you keep,
And often through my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye
Till the sun is in the sky.


As your bright and tiny spark
Lights the traveller in the dark,
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.




20



COME AND PLAY IN THE GARDEN.

LITTLE sister, come away,
And let us in the garden play,
For it is a pleasant day.


On the grass-plat let us sit,
Or, if you please, we'll play a bit,
And run about all over it.


But the fruit we will not pick,
For that would be a naughty trick,
And very likely make us sick.




21

Nor will we pluck the pretty flowers
That grow about the beds and bowers,
Because you know they are not ours.

We'll take the daisies, white and red,
Because mamma has often said,
That we may gather them instead.

And much I hope we always may
Our very dear mamma obey,
And mind whatever she may say.





22

ABOUT LEARNING TO READ.
HERE's a pretty gay book, full of verses
to sing,
But Lucy can't read it; oh! what a sad
thing!
And such funny stories-and pictures
too,-look:
I am glad I can read such a beautiful
book.

But come, little Lucy, now what do you
say,
Slall I begin teaching you pretty great
A?




23

And then all the letters that stand in a
row,
That you may be able to read it, you
know ?


Some poor little children may never
have known,
To teach them to read, a mamma of
their own;
But Lucy shall learn all her letters to
tell,
And I hope by-and-by she will read
very well.





24



NO BREAKFAST FOR GROWLER.

No, naughty Growler, get away,
You shall not have a bit;
Now, when I speak, how dare you stay
I can't spare any, Sir, I say,
And so you need not sit.

Poor Growler! do not make him go,
But recollect, before,
That he has never served you so,
For you have given him many a blow,
That patiently he bore.





25

Poor Growler! if he could but speak,
He'd tell (as well he might)
How he would bear with many a freak,
And wag his tail, and look so meek,
And neither bark nor bite.

Upon his back he lets you ride,
All round and round the yard;
And now, while sitting by your side,
To have a bit of bread denied,
Is really very hard.


And all your little tricks he'll bear,
And never seem to mind;





26

And yet you say you cannot spare
One bit of breakfast for his share,
Although he is so kind !





POOR CHILDREN.
WHEN I go in the meadows, or walk in
the street,
How many poor children I frequently
meet,
Without shoes or stockings to cover
their feet.





27

Their clothes are all ragged, and let in
the cold;
And they have so little to eat I am told,
That indeed'tis a pitiful sight to behold!

And then I have seen very often that they
Are cross and unkind to each other at
play ;
But they've not been taught better, I've
heard mamma say.

But I have kind parents to watch over me,
To teach me how gentle and good I
should be,
And to pity the poor little children I see.





28


LEARNING TO DRAW.

COME, here are a slate, and a pencil,
and string,
So let us sit down and draw some pretty
thing;
A man and a cow, and a horse and a tree,
And when you have finished, pray show
them to me.

What! cannot you do it ? Shall I show
you how ?
Come, give me your pencil, I'll draw
you a cow.

















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You've made the poor creature look
very forlorn!
She has but three legs, dear, and only
one horn.


Now see, I have drawn you a beautiful
cow;
And here is a dicky-bird, perched on a
bough,
And there are some more flying down
from above:
There now, is not that very pretty, my
love?





30

0 yes, very pretty! now make me some
more-
A house with a gate, and a window,
and door,
And a little boy flying his kite with a
string;
For you know, dear mamma, you can
draw any thing I

OF WHAT ARE YOUR CLOTHES MADE ?

COME here to papa, and I'll tell my dear
boy,
(For I think he would never have
guessed,)




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How many poor animals we must
employ
Before little Charles can be dressed.


The pretty Sheep gives you the wool
from his side,
To make you a jacket to use;
And the Dog or the Seal must be
stripped of his hide,
To give you these nice little shoes.


And then the shy Beaver contributes
his share
With the Rabbit, to give you a hat;





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For this must be made of their delicate
hair,
And so you may thank them for that.

All these I have mentioned, and many
more too, '
Each willingly gives us a share,
They send us a jacket, a hat, or a shoe,
And so we have plenty to wear.

Then as the poor creatures are suffered
to give
So much for the comfort of man,
I think 'tis but right, that as long as
they live
We should do all for them that we can.




33


LITTLE GIRLS MUST NOT FRET.

WHAT is it that makes little Emily cry ?
Come then, let mamma wipe the tear
from her eye:
There-lay down your head on my
bosom-that's right,
And now tell mamma what's the matter
to-night.

What! Emmy is sleepy, and tired with
play?
Come, Betty, make haste then, and
fetch her away;
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34

But do not be fretful, my darling; you
know
Mamma cannot love little girls that
are so.

She shall soon go to bed and forget it
all there-
Ah! here's her sweet smile come again,
I declare:
That's right, for I thought you quite
naughty before.
Good night, my dear child, but don't
fret any more.





35



BREAKFAST AND PUSS.

HERE'S my baby's bread and milk,
For her lip as soft as silk;
Here's the basin clean and neat,
Here's the spoon of silver sweet,
Here's the stool, and here's the chair,
For my little lady fair.

No, you must not spill it out,
And drop the bread and milk about;
But let it stand before you flat,
And pray remember pussy-cat:





36

Poor old pussy-cat, that purrs
All so patiently for hers.

True, she runs about the house,
Catching now and then a mouse;
But, though she thinks it very nice,
That only makes a tiny slice:
So don't forget that you should stop,
And leave poor puss a little drop.




37





THE FLOWER AND THE LADY, ABOUT
GETTING UP.

PRETTY flower, tell me why
All your leaves do open wide,
Every morning, when on high
The noble sun begins to ride.

This is why, my lady fair,
If you would the reason know,
For betimes the pleasant air
Very cheerfully doth blow.





38

And the birds on every tree,
Sing a merry, merry tune,
And the busy honey-bee
Comes to suck my sugar soon.

This is, then, the reason why
I my little leaves undo:
Little lady, wake and try
If I have not told you true.





39



THE BABY'S DANCE.

DANCE, little baby, dance up high:
Never mind, baby, mother is by;
Crow and caper, caper and crow,
There, little baby, there you go;
Up to the ceiling, down to the ground,
Backwards and forwards, round and
round :
Then dance, little baby, and mother
shall sing,
While the gay merry coral goes ding-
a-ding, ding.





40






FOR A LITTLE GIRL THAT DID NOT
LIKE TO BE WASHED.

WHAT! cry when I wash you, not love
to be clean!
Then go and be dirty, not fit to be
seen:
And till you leave off, and I see you
have smiled,
I can't take the trouble to wash such a
child.





41

Suppose I should leave you a figure like
this,
Do you think you could ask dear papa
for a kiss,
Or to sit on his knee and learn pretty
great A,
With fingers that have not been washed
all the day ?


Ay, look at your fingers, you see it is so:
Did you ever behold such a black little
row ?
And now you may look at yourself in
the glass;





42

'There's a face to belong to a good little
lass!
Come, come then, I see you're begin-
ning to clear,
You won't be so foolish again, will you,
dear ?




THE CUT.

WELL, what'sthe matter? there's aface!
What! have you cut a vein ?
And is it quite a shocking place ?
Come, let us look again.



























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I see it bleeds, but never mind
That tiny little drop;
I don't believe you'll ever find
That crying makes it stop.

'Tis sad indeed to cry at pain,
For any but a baby;
If that should chance to cut a vein,
We should not wonder, maybe.

But such a man as you should try
To bear a little sorrow:
So run about and wipe your eye,
'Twill all be well to-morrow.




44


THE LITTLE GIRL THAT COULD NOT
READ.
I DON'T know my letters, and what shall
I do?
For I've got a nice book, but I can't
read it through!
O dear, how I wish that my letters I
knew!

I think I had better begin them to-day,
'Tis so like a dunce to be always at play:
Mamma, if you please, will you teach
me great A ?





45

And then B and C, as they stand in the
row,
One after another, as far as they go;
For then I can read my new story, you
know.

So pray, mamma, teach me at once, and
you'll see
What a good-very good little child I
shall be,
To try and remember my A, B, C, D.




46






QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.

WHO showed the little ant the way
Her narrow hole to bore,
And spend the pleasant summer day
In laying up her store ?

The sparrow builds her clever nest
Of wool, and hay, and moss:
Who told her how to weave it best,
And lay the twigs across ?





47

Who taught the busy bee to fly
Among the sweetest flowers,
And lay his feast of honey by,
To eat in winter hours ?


'Twas GOD who showed them all the way,
And gave their little skill,
And teaches children, if they pray,
To do his holy will.
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PLAYING WITH FIRE.

MAMMA, a little girl I met
Had such a scar, I can't forget I
All down her arms, and neck, and face
I could not bear to see the place.


Poor little girl, and don't you know
The shocking trick that made her so ?
'Twas all because she went and did
A thing her mother had forbid.





49

For once, when nobody was by her,
This silly child would play with fire;
And long before her mother came,
Her pinafore was all in flame.


In vain she tried to put it out,
Till all her clothes were burnt about:
And then she suffered ten times more,
All over with a dreadful sore.


For many months before 'twas cured,
Poor child! what tortures she endured
And still you see, when passing by her,
How sad it is to play with fire!
Em-




50






THE FIELD DAISY.

I'M a pretty little thing,
Always coming with the spring;
In the meadows green I'm found,
Peeping just above the ground,
And my stalk is covered flat
With a white and yellow hat.

Little Mary, when you pass
Lightly o'er the tender grass,





51

Skip about, but do not tread
On my bright but lowly head,
For I always seem to say,
Surly winter's gone away."




THE MICHAELMAS DAISY.

I AM very pale and dim,
With my faint and bluish rim,
Standing on my narrow stalk,
By the littered gravel walk,
And the withered leaves aloft,
Fall upon me very oft.
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52

But I show my lonely head
When the other leaves are dead,
And you're even glad to spy
Such a homely thing as I;
For I seem to smile and say,
"Summer is not quite away."




DUTIFUL JEM.

THERE was a poor widow, who lived in a
cot,
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Her windows were broken, her walls
were all bare,
And the cold winter wind often whistled
in there.

Poor Susan was old, and too feeble to
spin,
Her forehead was wrinkled, her hands
they were thin;
And bread she'd have wanted, as many
have done,
If she had not been blessed with a good
little son.




54

But he loved her so well, like a dutiful
lad,
And thought her the very best friend
that he had:
And now to neglect or forsake her he
knew,
Was the most wicked thing he could
possibly do.

For he was quite healthy, and active,
and stout,
While his poor mother hardly could
hobble about,






And he thought it his duty and greatest
delight,
To work for her living from morning to
night.

So he started each morning as gay as a
lark,
And worked all day long in the fields
till 'twas dark;
Then came home again to his dear
mother's cot,
And cheerfully gave her the wages he got.

And oh, how she loved him! how great
was her joy!




56

To think her dear Jem was a dutiful
boy:
Her arm round his neck she would ten-
derly cast,
And kiss his red cheek, while the tears
trickled fast.

Oh, then, was not this little Jem hap-
pier far
Than naughty, and idle, and foolish
boys are ?
For, as long as he lived, 'twas his com-
fort and joy,
To think he'd not been an undutiful boy.





57






THE ANTS' NEST.

IT is such a beautiful day,
And the sun shines so bright and so
warm,
That the little ants, busy and gay,
Are come from their holes in a
swarm.


All the winter together they sleep,
Or in underground passages run,





58

Not one of them daring to peep,
To see the bright face of the sun.

But the snow is now melted away,
And the trees are all covered with
green,
And little ants, busy and gay,
Creeping out from their houses are
seen.


They've left us no room to go by,
So we'll step aside on to the grass,
For a hundred poor insects might die
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SLEEPY HARRY.

SI DO not like to go to bed,"
Sleepy little Harry said;
" Go, naughty Betty, go away,
I will not come at all, I say! "

Oh, silly child! what is he saying!
As if he could be always playing!
Then, Betty, you must come and carry
This very foolish little Harry.




60

The little birds are better taught,
They go to roosting when they ought;
And all the ducks, and fowls, you know,
They went to bed an hour ago.


The little beggar in the street,
Who wanders with his naked feet,
And has not where to lay his head,
Oh, he'd be glad to go to bed.



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61






GOING TO BED.

DOWN upon my pillow warmth
Now I lay my little head,
And the rain, and wind, and storm,
Cannot here come nigh my bed.

Many little children poor
Have not anywhere to go,
And sad hardships they endure,
Such as I did never know.




62

Dear mamma, I'll thank you oft
For this comfortable bed,
And this pretty pillow soft,
Where I rest my little head.

I shall sleep till morning light,
On a bed so nice as this;
So my dear mamma, good night,
Give your little girl a kiss.





63






IDLE MARY.

OH, Mary, this will never do!
This work is sadly done, my dear,
And then so little of it too!
You have not taken pains, I fear.

Oh no, your work has been forgotten,
Indeed you've hardly thought of that;
I saw you roll your ball of cotton
About the floor to please the cat.




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See, here are stitches straggling wide,
And others, down how far they go!
I'm very sure you have not tried
To please mamma while working so.

The little girl who will not sew
Should neither be allowed to play;
But then I hope, my love, that you
Will take more pains another day.





65






THE LITTLE HUSBANDMAN.

I'M a little husbandman,
Work and labour hard I can:
I'm as happy all the day
At my work as if weree play:
Though I've nothing fine to wear,
Yet for that I do not care.


When to work I go along,
Singing loud my morning song,
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66

With my wallet at my back,
Or my waggon-whip to smack,
Oh! I am as happy then
As any idle gentlemen.

I've a hearty appetite,
And I soundly sleep at night,
Down I lie content, and say,
"I've been useful all the day:
I'd rather be a plough-boy than
A useless little gentleman."





67






THE LITTLE CHILD.

I'M a very little child,
Only just have learned to speak;
So I should be very mild,
Very tractable and meek.

If my dear mamma were gone,
Oh, I think that I should die,
When she left me all alone,
Such a little thing as I!





68

Now what service can I do,
To repay her for her care ?
For I cannot even sew,
Nor make any thing I wear.

Well, then, I will always try
To be very good and mild;
Never now be cross or cry,
Like a fretful little child.


How unkind it is to fret,
And my dear mamma to tease,
When my lesson I should get,
Sitting still upon her knees.





69

Oh, how can I serve her so,
Such a good mamma as this!
Round her neck my arms I'll throw,
And her gentle cheek I'll kiss.

Then I'll tell her, that I will
Try not any more to fret her,
And as I grow older still,
Try to show I love her better.




70



THE OLD BEGGAR MAN.

I SEE an old man sitting there,
His withered limbs are almost bare,
And very hoary is his hair.

Old man, why are you sitting so ?
For very cold the wind doth blow:.
Why don't you to your cottage go ?

Ah, master, in the world so wide,
I have no home wherein to hide,
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When I, like you, was young and gay,
I'll tell you what I used to say,-
That I would nothing do but play.

And so, instead of being taught
Some useful business as I ought,
To play about was all I sought.

And now that I am old and grey,
I wander on my lonely way,
And beg my bread from day to day.

But oft I shake my hoary head,
And many a bitter tear I shed,
To think the useless life I've led.




72






THE LITTLE COWARD.

WHY, here's a foolish little man,
Laugh at him, donkey, if you can;
And cat, and dog, and cow, and calf,
Come every one of you and laugh.

For only think, he runs away
If honest donkey does but bray!
And when the bull begins to bellow,
He's like a crazy little fellow.




73

Poor Brindle cow can hardly pass
Along the hedge, to nip the grass,
Or wag her tail to lash the flies,
But off he runs, and how he cries!

And when old Tray comes jumping too,
With bow, wow, wow, for how d'ye do,
And means it all for civil play,
'Tis sure to make him run away!

But all the while you're thinking, maybe,
"Ah! well, but this must be a baby."
Oh! cat, and dog, and cow, and calf,
It seems enough to make you laugh!
He's five years old and almost half!




74






THE SHEEP.

LAZY sheep, pray tell me why
In the pleasant fields you lie,
Eating grass or daisies white
From the morning till the night ?
Every thing can something do,
But what kind of use are you ?

Nay, my little master, nay,
Do not serve me so, I pray:





75

Don't you see the wool that grows
On my back to make your clothes?
Cold, and very cold, you'd be,
If you had not wool from me.

True, it seems a pleasant thing,
To nip the daisies in the spring;
But many chilly nights I pass
On the cold and dewy grass,
Or pick a scanty dinner, where
All the common's brown and bare.


Then the farmer comes at last,
When the merry spring is past,





76

And cuts my woolly coat away,
To warm you in the winter's day:
Little Master, this is why
In the pleasant fields I lie.



THE LITTLE BOY WHO MADE
HIMSELF ILL.

An! why is my sweet little fellow so
pale ?
And why do these briny tears fall?
Come to me, love, tell me what is it you
ail,
And we'll soon try to cure him of all.





77

There, lay your white cheek down on
own mother's lap,
With your pinafore over your head,
And perhaps we shall see, when you've
taken a nap,
That this pale little cheek maybe red.


Oh! no, dear mamma, don't be kind to
me yet,
For I do not deserve to be kissed;
Last evening some gooseberries and
currants I ate,
For I thought that they would not be
missed.


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78

So, when in the garden you left me
alone,
I took them, although they were
green,
But I thought, dear mamma, wouldd
be better to own,
What a sad naughty boy I have been.


Yes, love, it is better the truth to con-
fess,
And if you are tempted again,
Be certain that folly will lead to dis-
tress,
And sin be soon followed by pain.



















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THE CRUEL BOY AND THE KITTENS.

WHAT! go to see the kittens drowned,
On purpose, in the yard!
I did not think there could be found
A little heart so hard.


Poor kittens! no more pretty play
With pussy's wagging tail:
Oh! I'd go far enough away,
Before I'd see the pail.
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82

Poor things! the little child that can
Be pleased to go and see,
Most likely, when he grows a man,
A cruel man will be.


And many a wicked thing he'll do,
Because his heart is hard;
A great deal worse than killing you,
Poor kittens! in the yard.



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79

So now with the pain you must pa-
tiently bear,
And remember-you're never alone,
For tho' you may fancy that no one is
there,
GOD sees you on high from his throne.



TO A LITTLE GIRL THAT LIKED TO
LOOK IN THE GLASS.

WHAT! looking in the glass again!
Why is my silly child so vain ?
Do you think yourself as fair
As the gentle lilies are ?





80

Is your merry eye so blue
As the violet, wet with dew ?
Yet it loves the best to hide
By the hedge's shady side.

When your cheek the brightest glows,
Is it redder than the rose ?
But the rose's buds are seen
Almost hid with moss and green.

Little flowers that open gay,
Peeping forth at break of day,
In the garden, hedge, or plain,
Do you think that they are vain ?





83




THE WORK-BAG.

I'VE got a pretty piece,-come here,
'Twill make a work-bag for you, dear;
Indeed you will not often see
A nicer bag than this shall be.


Now make it neatly, do your best,
And then I'll show you all the rest:
Nice things I've got,-yes, you shall
look,
Scissors, and thread, and needle-book.




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