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OF THE TIMES
Wolf, the Fox and Bear
Set out to find
winds were growing keen
And ice upon
The Wolf was first to reach a store,
And such a fit as out he wore?
The coat was short, the trousers wide,
And in the wrinkles rats could hide
jockey cap, from visor free,
His cotton shade would shelter three;
His shoes were made in different states,
They were not style, nor even mates;
Thus, duped and sold at every point,
The Wolf seemed badly out of joint
Poor Bruin, further down the street,
Was taken in, from head to ,eet,
With shining Pinchbeck Watch and all,
He seemed ashamed to make a ca
Old friends went by the other side,
And all acquaintanceship denied;
He wished himself in darkest den,
Away from sound and sight of men.
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canning Fox knew where to go,
And called on Mister So-and-so,
And in the street or social hail,
Was much admired by one and all
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and ever after loved to stride,
Along the avenue with pride;
His eye-glass, collar, cane and tile,
Proclaiming well the dudeish
THE MICE AND
hungry mice set out one night
To see what
Because they did
At home of
ve a bite
Hard times were
at their d
bread and cheese
the night before.
So left and right,
with sharpened sight,
'To their surprise
an egg they found.
"We've found a prize;
But, though we
tVe cannot eat it where it lies-
shall we proceed?"
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dare not roll it
o0er the floor,"
" I ha
ve a plan,"
"I'll lie wii
wake the cat,
th feet in air;
Upon me you can roll the egg
And I will hold it there.
me by the
And pull with might
And thus, unless your strength should fail
The treasure we may gain."
thought," said Number One;
Number Two, "You're right--
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A fast of
four and twenty hours
made our comrade bright.
To try the plan
And o'er a
they then begar
One and Two
To their secure
the other drew,
And when, at last, all danger past,
The banquet was begun,
Each shook his head and sighing said,
"That job was nobly done I"
Then Number One and Two would praise
The wit of Number Three;
And say such fortitude and grit,
SThey never thought to see.
Then Number Three would praise in tun-
The stoutness of the pair;
And thus, between the friendly group,
The shell was emptied there.
THE OWL AND THE BAT.
I4, lively was the group of birds that met on Beaver Flat
The night on which the hooting owl was wedded to the bati
It was a sight, that summer night, to see them gather
Some came by water, some by land, and others through
1he eagle quit the mountain-peak, to mix with meaner fowl,
And, like a comrade, act the part of groomsman to the owl;
The friendly stork had hastened there, with long and stately
It was its happy privilege to give away the bride
And when arrangements were complete, a circle
And in the centre stood the pair, in finest dress
Then out in front advanced the crow, and bowed
And with three loud approving caws declared
wide they mna4
his shining head,
the couple wed.
Then kind congratulations poured from friends on every side,
As thronging round the happy pair, they kissed the blushing bride.
And soon the supper was prepared, for each had brought a share.
The crow and jay had carried corn; the eagle brought a hare;
The curlew brought
a string of fish,
just taken from the lake;
The crane, a brace
of speckled frogs;
the buzzard brought a snake;
The owl and active
a dozen mice at least;
The snipe and rail
brought water flies,
to help along the feas.
And when each bird
upon the ground,
enjoyed a hearty meal
They whistled tunes,
and sang their songs,
or danced a lively reec
Around the green, with stately mien, the dodo and curlew
Moved like a pair of lovers there, through dances old and new
S While wing to wing and toe to toe,
with loud and joyous cies,
The stork and raven danced as though
competing for a prize.
That night good feeling was restored
between the hawk and jay,
SWho had not passed a friendly
Look or word for many a dayI
'And birds that always
went to roost
before the shades of night
Now hopped around upon the ground
until the morning light .
,. V-Nor felt the. want
~" ; ;of sleep or rest,
but kept the fun alive
__l_ And seemed as
.wide awake as bees,
'-h -when some one
-A kicks the hive.
And people long will call to mind the scene on Beaver Pi4
1The night on which the hooting owl was wedded to the "h,
THE STORK'S NEW
HE stork put on his grand new suit,
And called his friends to see; _
"'Tis a splendid fit,
' And suits my mate and me." W
At once the friendly group began
The clothes to criticise;
O'er every part and seam they ran
Their sharp, discerning eyes.
One thought the collar was too high,
And this or that was long;
Another thought it hung awry,
The style and cut were wrong.
And so he cut and clipped about,
And worked as best he could;
g' gathered in, and loosened out,
As they advised he should.
And when the change was all complete
And dressed again was he,
No bird that ever stood on feet
Was such a sight to see
O h sad was the song that the baby-
-: -bird sung,
_- While sitting on Cherry-tree Hillf
-- The rain pelted down with force oe
And ran from the point of his bill.
My coat is wet through,
and it's small
When only pin-feathers
My head is a sop,
from my tail
I shiver and shake
in the air
*I'd be in fine plight
if the hawk came
I neither could fly
nor could run;
M'rn sick of this life,.
with its struggle
.re it is fairly begun.
*I thought it was _so- ... .
fine, when I saw
Lhe sun shine,
And beauty -f earth
and of sky;
But rain makes me
raw, and I don't
care a straw,-
Now, whether I live
or I die"
"The vulture can soar,
when his breakfast is o'er,
The jay is as brisk
as a bee;
The swallow can skin,
which is pleasure to hig,
And the woodpecker
..- taps on the tree.
"The grasshopper sings, and the bug is on wings
SAs proud as an eagle in air;
no sorrow or care.
"The bee on the flower,
from the shower,
And wait till the
clouds roll away;
The beetle can crawl
But here I am anchored
"The owl may cor
to the moon and her
| 1When sadly in need of so
But seems quite conte
Sl gives over lamen
When holding a mouse c
The butterfly bright, sports round in delight,
And should he at any time tire;
i to stay.
t a ro
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He rests on the hollyhock, purple and white,
The buttercup, clover, or brier.
nd when he
He creeps underneath the
can sit among
SI must sit,
on the post
like a ghost,
for a change
I have a surmise,
when morning does rise,
Twill find me below on the ground.
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My parents, I know, little wisdom did show,
With all due respect, I must say,
To build the nest out on a long slender branch,
So liable ever to sway.
"Although in my days I am young, it is true,
I've been an observing one still;
I'd give to old heads just a pointer or two,
If I all my summers could fill.
"I've either come here much ahead of my time,
Or else I am piping too late;
There's something amiss with my coming, I wis,
I'm out of my place or my date.
"My s they are cold, I can barely keep hold,
There's something like cramps in each claw;
I scarcely can peek, for my heart action's weak,
And breath now I hardly can draw.
"And this is the sort of a life, full of sport,
That sweetly was whispered to me;
While folded up tight, in the egg out of sight,
As quiet as quiet can be.
"Oh, why did I ever come out of the shell?
Oh, why did I pick my way through?
Or why did the wind shake me out of my nest?
Before I could fly?-a-boo-hoo!"
THE LION AND RHINOCEROS.
LION once had vainly tried
To cross a river deep and
s y For sickness had beset
Had shrunk his form
And made him fear the chilling flow,
That tumbled to the sea below.
old rhinoceros, at last,
through the water often passed,
and stilled his roar,
of friendship nothing lack,
Gave him a seat upon his back;
Then, with the lion, started o'er,
To leave him on the distant shori.
Now, other beasts, from either side
The novel spectacle had spied,
And kept the earnest wish alive
The old rhinoceros would dive;
Or, when he reached the current strong,
That through the channel swept along,
his burden throw.
And rid the country
of their foe.
But when upon the distant strand,
They saw the thankful lion stand,
With scarce a hair upon him wet,
And safe to chase or govern yet,
In anger every creature yelled,
A meeting on the spot was hela
And plots against the beast were laiU
Who dared to give the lion aid
*If he's a fish," one speaker cried,
Let him beneath the water bide;
With clams and muscles
at his toes,
And eels and leeches
at his nose,
And not come crawling
round us here,
To aid a rogue
that others fear.
If he's indeed a beast of prey,
He should on land contented stay,
And not be keeping us in doubt
Which way to class the plated lout"
Thus things went on, from day to day.
At last they made a bold assay;
Combined to give, in minutes few,
The old rhinoceros his due.
But while the fight was under way,
And dark and doubtful seemed the day,
The lion, now both sound and strong,
As luck would have it came along.
moment there he
"Is what he gets for
MPas W% 1
My sturdy friend of former day
Must have support without delay.
Though working well among his foeN
With stamping feet and tossing nose,
He needs assistance from a brother,
And one good turn deserves another."
With that he bounded to the fray,
And soon confusion marked his way
The roar that from his throat arose
Made creatures tremble tc their toes
The howling band was forced tc yield.
And left them masters of the field
And ever after, side by side,
The couple journeyed far and wide,--
Friends, tried and true, as friends can be
Who live by force and robbery;
While other beasts, by night and day,
Took care to give them right f way
THE CANDLE THIEVES.
THE night was dark, and all the house
In peaceful slumber `way
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Then from the corner'
of a room,
v'>? bre all could entrance find;
A band of cunning mice
With mischief in their mind.
All wearing masks, as though
Their features from a foe;
In single order, one by one,
They ventured from below.
By signs and whispers they
As burglars move around;
Prepared to turn and leave the place,
Upon the slightest sound.
As soldiers must commanders have,
To lead them to the fray;
So one, more daring, moved in front
And pointed out the way.
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and cheese were under
The cake and
pie the same;
a tallow candle
had felt the flame.
The hungry band here made a stand,
And soon to
On heads, and backs, and shoulder-blades.
Where best the burden lay,
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With smiling face, and rapid pace
They bore the prize away.
Aad when, at last, the load was cast,
Where all could form in shape,
And each one got a certain spot
At which to sit and scrape
Then, kings around their royal board,
Arrayed in jewels bright,
With crowns of gold and wealth untold,
Might envy their delight
THE WOLF AND THE BEAR,
HE Bear was feeling ill one fall;
So neighbor Wolf made haste to call,
To tell what best would suit his case,
And bring the color to his face.
Now Doctor Wolf was shrewd of mind--
A sharper of the sharpest kind;
And when his eyes had travelled o'er
Old Bruin's tempting winter store,
Said he: "Your pulse is low indeed;
A change of life you sorely need.
A trip across
the ocean blue
brace your failing strength anew;
Or Greenland's climate might impart
A smoother action to your
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change your present style,
hardly see the summer smile.
salted pork and mutton dried.
The pickled feet and sausage give
TA those who'd rather die than live.
Of roots and herbs your meals prepare,
For health is found in simple fare."
It se:rmed to give the Bear delign-
To learn the way to live argigi
0 thwe crafty Doctor ran
To tell his friends about the plan;
How Bruin now would feast no more
On stews, and roasts, as heretofore,
But freely scatter to the wind
Provisions of the choicest kind
darlings," said the mother bear,
And not have
the hive with care,
tried to bring
not a thing
that flies or
With greater venom
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on us falls;
When you think they're in the air,
They're holding revels in your hair.
The sweeping paw is all in vain,
The leap in air, or cry of pain,
For, quicker than the smartest fling,
Will come the penetrating sting.
I know temptations try us hard,
And oft' we fail, when off our guard,
And I will now inform your mind
On matters of this special kind*
"Oh, mother, dear, in mercy pause,"
Replied the cub, through swollen jaws;
UYour kind advice, an hour ago,
Had saved us much distress and woCe
My aose would not be such a sight,
My eyes could better reach the light;
My mouth would not be traveling round
To find the ear now dull to sound
But now your words seem out of place,
Because we understand the case;
And could sit here till morning's sun,
Explaining how the work was done
How, fast, we lost the charm and grace,
And symmetry of form and face;
How, fast, the day was turned to night,
The laugh to groan, the fun to fright.
Oh I doubly dull, indeed, is he
Who meddles with the spiteful bee."
A LESSON FOR YOUNG MICE
Y children," said the knowing mouse,
"I've lived for years within this house.
Through winter's cold and summer's heat,
I found sufficient food to eat.
I know the place where cookies lie,
SAnd where to look for cheese and pie;
There's not a corner, as you see,
About the place that's strange to me.
Speak of the roof, I'll tell you where
Slo A shingle's gone or rafter bare;
d BSpeak of the basement, if yov, will,
I'll tell you of the rotting sill,
SThe cellar drain, or planking loose,
-- That you, in need can turn to use.
So, take the kind advice I give,
To hold in memory while you live.
Oh, always move, my children dear,
As though you knew the cat was near;
Each step with due precision weigh,
For it may give your life "away.
Far better have an extra share
Of caution, than to lose a hair,
And, though the cat be in the yard,
Or close at hand, be on your guard,
11 find longevity depends
On watching well both foes and friends
Ne'er venture off till you survey
The ground where you propose to play.
See that the holes are near at hand,
In case they fall in great demand.
And if the cat comes prowling nigh,
Ah, then's the time you must be spry;
Now don't be hoping pussy's blind,
Or hard of hearing, slow, or kind;
Nor think the years she has enjoyed,
Have blunted claws so oft' employed
For puss has both the way and will
To keep them fit for service still;
Oh, never think she'll quit the chase
Until you reach your hiding-place.
For when you judge her speed must fail
She'll turn up nearest to your tail;
strive to take you by surprise,
Because the cat is counted wise,
And, as a prowling foe severe,
Has not an equal, far or near;
For, light as Fancy dips her oar,
Comes pussy's footstep on the floor.
Now, when a hiding-place you gain,
Contented there for hours remain;
Let moon and stars to ocean roll,
But stick you steadfast to the hole.
For puss with patient mind is blessed,
And will your greatest cunning test;
Through wind, and rain, and falling dew,
She'll keep her watch, a sentry true.
I would that, in your youthful brain,
You could these wholesome hints retain,
Because the time will come, no doubt,
When little cream will be about
When poultry, meat, or even fish,
Is all too high for pussy's dish;
When chirping birds and songsters go
To regions free from ice and snow,
And then the cat will turn her mind,
With double zeal, some mice to find,
THE FOX IN OLD AGE
OW, father, you are growing old,"
The little foxes said;
"Your hair is turning dull and gray,
That once was bright and red.
The teeth are dropping from the jaws
That used to break the bones,
And what were once your burning paws
Now feel as cold as stones
Vour step is not so sure, we know,
As once in days of yore;
You often stumble as you go,
When nothing lies befrm6
You'll not be eating turkey long;
So tell us, father, please,
What you went through when young and strong,
Ere we were round your knees."
iThe fox to answer them was slow,
And from his almond eye
He wiped a tear-drop with his toe,
Before he made reply,
(I dare not tell you, children dear,
The struggles and the strife;
'Twould make you shrink away and fear
To venture forth
*By various paths we all must go.
Though rough or smooth they be;
Some find the turkeys roosting low
Some find them in the tree.
"We move in danger, day and night,
Beset by cares and ills;
What often seems a harmless bite.
May hold some poison pills.
I once could stand a lengthy chase,
SWhen active, young, and bold;
And gave the hounds full many a race
SAcross the country cold.
S"The yawning trap the silence broke-
M When least I thought of foes,
? ~And with a vicious snap awoke
EtEneath my very nose.
V 6 2 "I've ventur'd, when the sun was bright,
*. ,_ 0n And bagged the ducks and drakes;
SWhen unsuspecting farmers might
Have reached me with their rakes.
"But cunning now must take the place
Of boldness, dash, and speed;
When eyes grow dim
and legs grow slim,
We must with care proceed.
"But see! the moon her beauty flaunts
Above the mountain's head;
And I must find the rabbits' haunts,
And you must find your bed. all
BILL, THE GIANT.
on top of a
as strong as a moose
Who lived on the
that the land could produce
He'd sit by
and gaze on the
While farmers were reaping
and thrashing their
And say, as he noticed
C' Twill soon
be the season
them a call.
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The yield will be grea- not a weevil in sight,
Nor a grasshopper near, nor the sign of a blight
We people are blessed in this part of the Isle,
For /'ver in Wales they are starving the while.
And when came the hour to levy his tax,-
When corn was in cribs, and j the barley in sacks
When the fruit was all gathered, and ready for sale
Were poultry and cattle-then down, without fail,
Would come, uninvited, old Bugaboo Bill,
And carry a load to his home on the hilL
The farmers had often declared they would stand
And guard their possessions, with weapon in hand.
In bands they would muster, with mattocks and hoes,
With sickles and pitchforks, his march to oppose;
But when the great giant came down in his might,
A club in his hand neither limber nor light,
They'd fling away weapons and scatter like deer,
To hide behind walls, or in woods disappear,
And leave him to carry off barley and rye,
Or pick out the fattest old pig in the sty.
Thus things went on yearly, whatever they might do,
From bad to far worse, as still bolder he grew;
For none could be found who had courage or skill
Sufficient to cope with the rogue on the hill.
At length one remarke, 1, who had studied his race:
No giant so strong, but he has a weak place-
He'll have some short-coming, though ever so tall;
You've tried many plans, but have failed in them all-
His club is too large, and your courage too small.
Now try a new method-invite him to dine:
Bring forth tempting dishes and flagons of wine.
S And let skilled musicians perform soothing airs
To smooth down his temper and banish his cares;
And when he grows drowsy, as surely he will,
We'll easily manage this Bugaboo Bill."
The plan was adopted; when next he came down
To take his supplies from the best in the town,
They brought him fat bacon, roast turkey and quail,
Wilt flag.o- of sherry and beakers of
Good beef in abundance, and fruit
In short, every dish that could
that was sweet;
tempt him to eat
Well pleased was the giant to see them so kind.
So frank and forbearing, to pardon inclined;
He helped himself freely to all that was nice-
To poultry, to pastry, and puddings of rice,
To wines that were potent to steal unaware;
Fromi. 1mbs that were large all the strength that was there
ile 'round him musicians were ranged in a r
!e turning a crank, and some scraping a strj
A poet read sonnets composed for the day,
A singer sang ballads, heroic and gay,
Until all the air was replete with a sound,
That softened the feelings and enmity drowned.
The task was not easy; for half a day long
They treated the giant to music and song;
The piper played all the sweet airs that he knew;
The fiddler seemed sawing his fiddle in two,
With tunes from the Shannon, the Tiber and Tyne,
And tunes from the Danube, the Seine and the Rhine;
The organist worked as though turning a mill,
But still wide awake remained Bugaboo Bill,
At last he grew drowsy, confused was nis mind
With feasting and drinking, and music combined&
And when he had sunk in a stupid repose,
A monster balloon was brought out by his foes.
Said one, as the ropes to the giant they tied:
SWe gave him a feast, now we'll give him a ride;
For tho' by good rights the old robber should die,
His life we'll not injure, but off let him fly;
"The wind's blowing south by sou'east, as you see,
So, over the channel, soon wafted he'll be;
He'll make a quick passage, and, if I guess right,
Will take his first lesson in French before night."
Then up he was hoisted, by winds that were strong,
By gas that was buoyant,
and ropes that were long;
And south by sou'east, like a sea-bird he flew,
Across the broad channel,
and passed their from view.
But whether he landed in France or in Spain,
In Turkey or Russia, or dropped in the main,
They never discovered, and little they cared
In what place he alighted, or just how he fared;
But though his old castle long stood on the hill,
They had no more visits
from Bugaboo Bill.
r L~yLI~LL- ~BB( ,
TURNING A NEW LEAP.
A",N New-Year's Eve, a band of brothers,
The bear, the wolf, the fox, and others,
-- Of every nature, bad and good,
Assembled in a darksome wooce
It was, indeed, a stirring sight,
That dreary, cold, December night,
While limbs were weighted down with snow,
And frost was bridging streams below,
To see them come, from far and near,
To hold a friendly meeting here.
As Bruin seldom moves around,
While snow is lying on the ground,
The other beasts, who well can face
A wintry blast, or lengthy race,
In force assembled near the lair
Of their respected Brother Bear,
From silent cedar swamps profound,
The rabbit came, with lightsome bound,
Like shaft, projected by the bow,
He shoots, where'er he cares to go,
feet by generous nature planned E
For either snow or summer sand.
The hardy fox had tramped for weeks,
O'er frozen fields and mountain peaks,
Or sat for hours on crusted snow,
To view the barn-yard scenes below,
And there the wof through fort dark,
.ad ran for miles, with howling bark,
And eyes, that seemed to throw a ray
To light the rover on his way;
Enduring heat and cold the same,
He took the seasons as. they came,
And little cared what scarred his hide,
If but his stomach was supplied.
When beasts of every shape and hue,
Had gathered round, in order due,
The shaggy bear the silence broke,
And thus, in solemn accents, spoke:
"The year now drawing to a close
Has brought its share of joys and woes;
It saw us feasting on the best
The thrifty farmer's fold possessed;
It saw us, too, with aching head,
Go, lame and supperless, to bed;
And now, beneath this wintry bower,
It seems to me a fitting house
For us to mend our ways; ins bien
To turn in life another leaf.
There's not a creature of us all
But has some fault, however small,
That we should leave behind us here
Upon the threshold of the year.
As for myself, I stand aghast,
When I review the summer past
I fancy still
I lljili' i I hear the cry
t""', A 0 Of children, as
I bounded nigh;
S0 The squealing pig,
and bleating sheep
I often hear,
when fast asleep;
And tho', perhaps,
I'm not the worst,
-a emese I here discard my
faults the first.
No more the farmer's sheep I'll rend,
Or hug the calf, like bosom friend;
No more beneath the stall ry sky,
I'll drag the porker fi om the sty;
The fruit of field, and yellow grain,
In future shall my life sustain."
Then, next in order to the bear,
The wolf remarked, with humble air,
"I, too, might speak of troubled sleep,
Of night alarms and worried sheep
Of ieiidec Widd1
or frightened steed
Of traveler's bones,
and hunter treed.
My faults are many
as the stars,
My virtues fewer
than my scars;
I feel that I
should not be last
To mourn my
actions in the past,
And here resolve,
no more to prey
On other things Tht
that cross my way."
He ceased, and sinking in his place,
Behind his paws concealed his face.
The rat that breakfasted on pie,
And lunched on cheese, now gave a sigh,
And speaking meekly through his nos(
.i. Did ti as his leading sin disclose:
"Tho igh little blood in fact I shed,
Whi e picking up my daily bread,
Some faults exist, I frankly own;
My thievish ways are widely known
I've nibbled bags and boxes through,
And ruined carpets, old and new,
When hunger gnawed within me more,
Than I at barriers before.
How near my life was pussy's
But, through stout heart and hopeful soul,
on and reached
For striving once the bait to get,
And leave the trap still nicely set-
A trick that fools alone would
A broken nose through life I'll bear.
sii*aCc;;es ~a nly gaiS
:ut better nase than neck should crack,
Which would have gone had I been slack.
But when you speak of good reform,
I feel the heart within me warm;
And though folks leave the pantry door
Wide open, nightly, evermore,
Hereafter, when I reach the place,
I'll pass it with averted face."
Then, with a. dry and wheezy squeak,
The weasel next began to speak;
"My coat," said he, "is clean and white,
Which might imply a conscience bright;
But when you know my life, I'm sure
You'll think me anything but pure.
Whilst midnight hung her sable pall,
Around the man- ger, mow, and stall,
I crept beneath the rooster bold,
And killed him, as the hours he told;
I ate the chick- ens in the shell,
And did such things ._ I shame to tell;
I promise, there- fore, I 'll begin
At once, a better name to win."
The skunk, the coon, and badger gray,
All stood in turn and had their say;
But when the fox rose in his place,
All eyes were fastened on his face,
For he was known, to great and small, I
As master-villain of them all.
"I would," said he, "I could restore _
The poultry to the yards once more,
Whch, in the season passed away.
I have purloined by night and day.
No more they'll roost in drowsy row,
Their bones lie underneath the snow;
Their downy coats have served to line
The robin's nest in beech and pine;
The mother duck will lead no more
Her young along the weedy shore;
I stripped the pond of all the breed,
And never left a fowl for seed.
SThe Widow Giles, below the mill,
Is looking for her goslings still.
Poor soul! I never see her stand,
With anxious face and shading hand,
But I regret the part I played
That evening, by the alder shade.
A nd Farmer Dobbs can never tell
What took the fowl he fed so well.
For weeks and weeks, at eve and morn,
He stuffed her crop with wheat and corn.
And srnt his invitations out,
To aunts and uncles, miles about,
For old and young to come, betimes,
And pick her bones, at Christmas chimes;
But, thanks to me, upon that day.
'Twas pork that on their platters layI
But had it been their happy lot
To taste that tur- key, cold or hot,
As round the table there they sat,
They would, indeed, have found her fat."
He paused, and with a trembling paw,
Removed a tear-drop from his jaw,
Then said: "I, too, within the year,
Saw hopes deferred,
and days of fear.
I've touched the poison
with my nose,
I've heard the trap beneath me close,
I've felt the breath A V
of straining hound,
Upon my haunch at every bound;
And past my ears,
with lightning speed,
I've heard the whizzing lead proceed.
But, through the year now drawing nigh,
To lead a blameless life I'll try."
And there, beneath the swaying trees,
As round them played the whistling breeze,
And from the sky, the queen of night
Looked down upon the pleasing sight,
With many a vow and promise true,
They all resolved to start anew;
And, let us hope, in after days
They followed peaceful, honest ways;
That guns, and snares, and traps severe,
Were riot required throughout the year.
men set out one da)
Fo cross the
Ah Hong Wu
But there was
A single or
The proper way, in
in Ho, Gui Tong
Hup Si Lee.
not, of all the lot,
ie who knew
in a pond,
Where water-1; i es
Of arts that sailors
might well expect,
The first v
part of rmate
I'he third was boatswain, cook, and crew
kept him on the go;
the sail aloft,
And make the tea below,
who've sailed upon a
A river, sea, or sound,
Would know he'd have to keep
There was distress, you well may guess
Before the facts I show;
For ocean is not always calm,
As navigators know.
The tempests may
through forests play,
And turn the roots on high,
and nothing slack,
at seasons spread,
As here and there they roam;
But short their stay,
The ocean is
He had to spread
!Me winds began,
At times she point-
As often back
the bllows ran
I up and down;
ed out to sea,
The sea-sick captain
left the bow,
the decks to
Let all the canvas fly.
And, oh the mate,
the silly mate,
of all was
To find how deep
Then mate and crew,
and captain, too,
Began to yell and roar;
So people threw
them out a line,
.And glad were they
To rats and
the ship ashore.
I AL c igaill p
and talk about
A FROLIC ON WHEELS
0 easy task, it seems, to guide
The Bicycle through forest wide,
Where crooked roots are reaching out,
And mossy stones are spread about.
But, oftentimes, .as stories go,
The woods present a lively show.
The wolf, the porcupine and hare,
The fox, the catamount and bear,
May there be found
at dead of night,
On wheels that yield
such great delight.
No student from _
the college free,
No salesman from his rice or tea,
No clerk released from dusty room,
Where judges sit witn brows of gloom,
Could greater joy or pleasure know
SThan do those beasts, as round they go.
What though a fall may check the fun,
01- And end at once a rapid run?
What tho' some heels should sudden rise
To points reserved for ears or eyes?
This only serves to kindle zeal
s To yet control and guide the wheel
Thts le thern sport as best they ma,
A happy band, till morning gray:
For, while thus training through the trees,
The farmer's sheep may graze at ease
And ducks and geese may rest their legs,
And lay the farmer's breakfast eggs.
So let the birds forsake their nest,
To cheer the one who rides the best,
Or hover round with mournful tortes
The one who falls and breaks his bones
THE ELEPHANT AND DONKEY
HERE every step required care
Once met by chance a rural pair,
A Donkey with .assurance filled,
And Elephant of heavy build.
The latter said, with manners kind,
"Here one alone can footing find,
So let us choose the safest scheme
And singly cross the brawling stream.
You're nearest to the shore you see
And should, I think, give way to me.
When I have crossed the dangerous place
Then you can soon resume your pace."
" Not so," the Donkey quick replied,
Who, blinded by his silly pride,
Mistook the traveler's civil air
For evidence of craven fear;
And thus went on with haughty tone,
"My time is precious as your own,
And here I'll stand throughout the day
Upon my rights, let come what may."
Now, angered at conceit so great,
The Elephant cut short debate.
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He gazed a m
And cried, with
Snment in surprise,
fire in his eyes,
'Then mark how sooft your foolish pride
Will bring reward:" He made a stride,
And reaching out his trunk, he gave
Fhe Donkey such an upward wave,
High over head, through air he passed,
Until some branches held him fast;
And people passing by may see
His bones, still hanging in the tree.