WARNED'S EXCELSIOR PLAYMATES,
LONDON AND NEW YORK:
FREDERICK WARNE AND
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SILLY LITTLE BAA.
WHAT do you think a silly little Baa
Said one day to his own Mamma?
"I want to go to those hills afar.
"I want to go when the moon shines bright,
And the pretty little stars give a pretty little light;
I want to go and play on those hills at night."
The cruel Wolf leaped on poor little Baa,
And he cried so loud for his own Mamma,
The kind good Shepherd heard him from afar.
Then he made haste,
And swiftly sped to the dark dark wood,
And saved the little
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" But why are you here, my poor little Baa,
Wandering away from your own Mamma,
And the safe safe fold where the little Lambs
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" I have done very wrong," said poor little Baa;
"I left the side of my own Mamma
To wander away to the hills afar."
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" Please forgive me, Shepherd kind and good,
Save me from being the cruel Wolf's food,
And take me away from this dark dark wood."
Then the kind Shepherd took up the little Baa,
Over the hills where he'd wandered afar,
Back to the side of his own Mamma,
In the safe fold where the little Lambs are.
ONCE upon a time there lived upon the borders
of Fairyland a gentleman and his wife, who had
one little daughter. As the lady was very gentle
and kind, she was much beloved by the fairies, and
when her baby was christened, a very powerful fairy
became its godmother. Unhappily for this poor
child, her mother died while she was very young,
and her father a year or two after married again.
His second wife was a widow, with two grown-up
daughters, who, being very self-willed, proud women,
soon took the entire rule of the house. They were
jealous of their young step-sister, because everybody
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loved her, she was so kind and good; and in order
to keep her out of sight they ordered her to live in
the kitchen with the servants, to sweep the rooms
and clean the grates; and because, when all her
work was done, she used to sit in the chimney
corner, near the cinders, these cruel sisters used to
call her Cinderella.
The poor girl was very unhappy; not because
she had to work hard, but because no one loved
her, or ever spoke a kind word to her. She
often sat by the kitchen fire and thought of her
own dear mamma who was gone, and of the happy
days when she was taken care of and taught by
her. Her father seemed quite to have forgotten
her, and she was all alone in the world. While
her step-sisters were dressed in rich silks and satins,
poor Cinderella wore old cotton dresses, worn and
shabby; while they went to balls and parties, and
walked and drove out, Cinderella, always busy,
never went out at all.
One evening Cinderella was called by her sisters
to dress them for a ball at the palace. Whilst she
brushed their hair and decked it with ribbons, they
told her what a grand party it would be, for it was
given in honour of the Prince's birthday. "I wish
I were going," sighed poor Cinderella. "You go,
indeed!" cried the elder sister; "a nice wish, truly!
A scullery-maid to go to a royal ball! No, no, my
child, stay amidst your cinders." Poor Cinderella
made no answer; she felt that they were cruel and
unjust, yet she never said a word, for she was very
meek and patient. But after they were gone, she
sat down by the kitchen fire and cried bitterly.
Suddenly she heard a voice close beside her say,
"Do not cry, Cinderella; I am come to help you."
The girl looked up, and saw a tall old lady in
crimson and purple standing near her. "I am your
godmother, Cinderella," she said, "and I mean that
you shall go to the ball. Run into the garden and
bring me a pumpkin." Cinderella at once obeyed;
the fairy touched the pumpkin with her wand, and
it became a coach as fine as the Lord Mayor's.
" Now," she said, "go and find me six mice."
There happened to be just that number in the trap.
The fairy opened it carefully, and as each mouse
came out she touched it with her wand, and it
became a fine bay horse. Now," she said, "look
in the rat-trap, and bring me a rat you will see
there." Cinderella obeyed, and at a touch of the
wand the rat became a grand coachman, with the
finest whiskers imaginable. The fairy then bade
Cinderella go into the garden, and take six lizards
from behind the watering-pot. This was no sooner
done than a touch of the wand changed them into
tall footmen in rich liveries, who mounted behind
the carriage. The fairy next touched Cinderella
herself, and her poor rags instantly became a splen-
did ball dress, while her worn shoes changed into
a beautiful pair of glass slippers. Now," said the
fairy, "go to the palace, but be sure not to stay a
moment after the clock strikes twelve. If you do,
the coach will again become a pumpkin, the coach-
man a rat, the footmen lizards, and the horses mice;
while your dress will again be dirty and ragged."
Cinderella, grateful and delighted, thanked her god-
mother, promised obedience, and drove off to the
When she arrived, her splendid coach, her six
horses and six footmen made them think that a great
foreign Princess had arrived. The King's chamber-
lain went out to receive her, and led her into the
ball-room; and she no sooner appeared than every
one wondered who she could be; and the King told
the Queen that he had never seen a more lovely
lady. The King's son at once asked Cinderella to
dance with him, and would afterwards have no other
partner; and every one wondered at her beauty and
the splendour of her dress. The Prince took her
in to supper; but as she then heard the clock strike
eleven and three-quarters, she managed to slip away,
and drove home as fast as possible. When her
sisters returned, she was sitting in her old place,
and in her former rags.
They told her how a strange, beautiful Princess
had come in state to the ball, and had disappeared
no one knew how, and how anxious the Prince was
to find out who she was. But perhaps, as there is
a ball to-morrow night again, she may return," added
the elder sister. "Oh, Charlotte," said Cinderella,
how I wish you would lend me your yellow dress
her tiny foot into it directly, and drew the other
slipper from her pocket.
The surprise of both the step-mother and sisters
was extreme. The Prince requested Cinderella to
explain her present disguise, and the young girl
told her story simply and prettily. The Prince
looked very angry as he listened, and the stepmother
and sisters much ashamed. As she ceased speak-
ing, the fairy entered, and once more by a touch
of her wand restored her godchild to the appear-
ance of the unknown Princess. Then the Prince
sent for Cinderella's father, reproached him with
his cruel neglect of his child, and made him feel the
remorse he deserved for his negligence and folly.
The stepmother and sisters meantime fell at
Cinderella's feet and begged her forgiveness for
their past cruelty. The sweet young girl raised
them, and forgave them readily, begging them not
to be unkind again to any one who was helpless.
The prince insisted on marrying Cinderella at
once, in her wonderful ball dress, to which the fairy
added a mantle embroidered with gold; and his
father and mother were quite willing to receive the
new daughter, who had so powerful a friend as the
So they were married, and were very happy.
Cinderella was kind to her stepmother and sisters,
good and charitable to her people. Her husband
loved her very much, and in memory of her won-
derful story, kept amongst the crown jewels her
small brilliant GLASS SLIPPER.
It was on a merry time,
When Jenny Wren was young,
do neatly as she danced,
And so sweetly as she sung,-
Robin Redbreast lost his heart:
He was a gallant bird;
He doffed his hat to Jenny,
And thus to her he said:
"My dearest Jenny Wren,
If you will but be mine,
You shall dine on cherry-pie,
And drink nice currant-wine.
I'll dress you like a Goldfinch,
Or like a Peacock gay;
So if you 'll have me, Jenny.
Let us appoint the day."
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Jenny blushed behind her fan,
And thus declared her mind:
"Then let it be to-morrow, Bob:
I take your offer kind.
Cherry-pie is very good,
So is currant-wine,
But I '11 wear my russet gown,
And never dress too fine."
Robin rose up early,
At the break of day;
He flew to Jenny Wren's house,
To sing a roundelay.
He met the Cock and Hen,
And bade the Cock declare
This was his wedding-day
With Jenny Wren the fair.
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The Cock then blew his horn,
To let the neighbours know
This was Robin's wedding-day,
And they might see the show.
And first came Parson Rook,
With his spectacles and band;
And one of Mother Hubbard's books
He held within his hand.
Then followed him the Lark,
For he could sweetly sing;
And he was to be the clerk
At Cock Robin's wedding.
The Goldfinch came on next,
To give away the bride;
The Linnet, being bridesmaid,
Walked by Jenny's side;
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And as she was a-walking,
Sai-d, "Upon my word,
I think that your Cock Robin
Is a very pretty bird."
The Sparrow and the Tomtit,
And many more were there;
All came to see the wedding
Of Jenny Wren the fair.
The Bullfinch walked by Robin,
And thus to him did say,
"Pray, mark, friend Robin Redbreast,
That Goldfinch dressed so gay;
What though her gay apparel
Becomes her very well ?
Yet Jenny's modest dress and look
Must bear away the bell."
Then came the bride and bridegroom;
Quite plainly was she dressed,
And blushed so much, her cheeks were
As red as Robin's breast.
But Robin cheered her up;
"My pretty Jen," said he,
"We're going to be married,
And happy we shall be."
"Oh, then," says Parson Rook,
"Who gives this maid away?"
"I do," says the Goldfinch,
"And her fortune I will pay."
"And will you have her, Robin,
To be your wedded wife ?"
S"Yes, I will," says Robin,
And love her all my life "
"And you will have him, Jenny,
Your husband now to be ?"
"Yes, I will," says Jenny,
"And love him heartily!"
Then on her finger fair
Cock Robin put the ring; [Rook:
" You're married now," says Parson
While aloud the Lark did sing.
The birds were asked to dine-
Not Jenny's friends alone,
But every pretty songster
That had Cock Robin known.
They had a cherry-pie,
Besides some currant-wine,
And every guest brought something,
That sumptuous they might dine.
Now they all sat or stood,
To eat and to drink;
And every one said what
He happened to think.
Then each took a bumper,
And drank to the pair,
Cock Robin the bridegroom,
And Jenny the fair.
The dinner things removed,
They all began to sing;
And soon they made the place
Near a mile round to ring.
The concert it was fine,
And every bird tried
Who best should sing for Robin
And Jenny Wren the bride-
When in came the Cuckoo,
And made a great rout;
He caught hold of Jenny,
And pulled her about.
Cock Robin was angry,
And so was the Sparrow,
Who fetched in a hurry
His bow and his arrow.
His aim then he took,
But he took it not right,
His skill was not good,
Or he shot in a fright-
For the Cuckoo he missed,
But Cock Robin he killed!
And all the birds mourned
That his blood was so spilled.