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Title: A day with the sea urchins
Physical Description: 99 p. : col. ill., music ; 22 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Burnside, Helen Marion
Cooper, Alfred W ( Illustrator )
Evans, Edmund, 1826-1905 ( Engraver , Printer )
Foster, Myles Birket, 1851-1922 ( Composer )
Frederick Warne and Co ( Publisher )
Publisher: Frederick Warne and Co.
Place of Publication: London ;
New York
Publication Date: 1893
 Subjects
Subject: Seashore animals -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Seashore ecology -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Sea urchins -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Natural history -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Children -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Conduct of life -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Fantasy literature -- 1893   ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1893
Genre: Fantasy literature   ( rbgenr )
Spatial Coverage: England -- London
United States -- New York -- New York
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Statement of Responsibility: by Helen M. Burnside ; with illustrations by Alfred W. Cooper ; engraved and printed by Edmund Evans ; the songs set to music by Myles Birket Foster.
General Note: Conatins fiction, verse and music.
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THE SEA URCHINS


BY
HELEN M. BURNSIDE


WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY ALFRED W. COOPER
ENGRAVED AND PRINTED BY EDMUND EVANS



THE SONGS SET TO
MUSIC BY MYLES BIRKET FOSTER
(Late Organist of the Foundling Hosaital)


LONDON
FREDERICK WARNE AND CO.
AND NEW YORK
1893















TO THE LAND URCHINS.


THE Summer days are fleeting fast,
The elm has donned its golden crown;
While o'er the whisp'ring wood is cast
Its Autumn robe of russet brown.


And though next year the elms will wake,
And hang green banners o'er the lane,
The Summer glory they will make
Will ne'er be quite the same again.


Not quite the same, the bright days taught
Such sweet new lore to you and me,
While with our eager eyes we sought
The lovely secrets of the sea.


As we shall hoard the fragile shells
We found at ebb-tide in the bay,
Just so, in mem'ry's treasure-cells
Those sunlit days are laid away.


And when-please God-we all shall meet
By Christmas hearths, as oft of yore,
We'll con again those lessons sweet
We learnt upon the Summer shore.


ST. SERVAN,














A DAY WITH

THE SEA URCHINS.


ONCE upon a time there was a family of Sea Urchins,
whose home was a cave in the Bay of Delight. It is
not likely that any of you have ever seen a real live
Sea Urchin, though no doubt you have picked up
strange-looking spiny or spiky objects on the sea-
shore, which you have been told are the skins or
shells of Sea Urchins. But the kind I mean is not
a bit like that; they are like Land Urchins, only far
smaller and prettier. If you can get up very early on
the morning of the longest day in the year, and be
down on the beach just as the sun shows the very tip
-f his red forehead above the sea, and lights up one
little ripple after another with ruby sparks till a many
twinkling, rosy track creeps across the sea to your feet,
and if it should happen to be high tide at that very
moment, then if you could peep into the cave, unseen
and unheard, you might have a chance of seeing the
Sea Urchins, and hearing them also, as I saw and








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heard on that never-to-be-forgotten day which I am
going to tell you about.
I dare say you have often been into this cave at
low tide, and at common hours of the day; and you
know all about the beautiful colours of the quartz rock
which forms the roof and sides, and how they glitter
with gold and silver flakes, and you have looked out
from it across the brown weed-covered rocks at the
shining blue bay, and the little islands which lie in the
mouth of the river just where it flows into the open
sea beyond; but all the time you knew nothing about
the dear pretty little creatures who make it their home
whenever the tide is high enough to serve as a door
Sto shut out prying eyes.
When the tide ebbs they go out with it, and a
merry party they are, as you would have said, had you
seen them as I did, singing, laughing, and splashing,
and playing all manner of funny pranks with each
other. They swim out and away to the rocky islands
which shine so golden and fairylike in the morning
sunlight, where there are plenty of safe nooks for them
to play in till the flowing tide brings them back again
to their home in the cave.
Perhaps you will wonder why they are so very
much afraid of being seen. The fact is simply this.
They wear no clothes, and you know the laws of the
coast are very strict upon this point. One day they








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had seen (and you must remember they can see you,
though you cannot see them) a Land Urchin, whom
they had been watching, swimming about in the sea,
seized by a huge creature all dressed in blue, and carried
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heard it was because he had no clothes on. Now you
and I know that this creature was a policeman, or if
you are foolish enough to use slang words you would
perhaps call him a bobby," but the Sea Urchins knew
nothing of policemen, or of bobbies either, and they
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these Erinnys, who were not men at all by the way,
but women, are of all things most dreaded by Sea
Urchins. Most boys read the old Greek fairy stories,
and many girls too, for it is the fashion for girls to
learn Greek now-a-days, as I am told by Oxford and
Cambridge examiners. Now I think, and many wise
men and women agree with me, examiners notwith-
standing, that there are many things more important
than Greek for little girls to learn, but this is merely
a matter of opinion.
You all know that the Erinnys were a race who
spent their lives in tracking and bringing evil-doers to
justice, and that is why policemen are called Erinnys by
Sea Urchins to this day. They had been so frightened
on this occasion that they all fell off the rock round
which they had been peeping, and went heels over
head into the sea with such a splash that the police-
man looked back, and thought he saw something white
flourish in the air, and disappear into the sea, which
looked very like the legs of a small boy; and in point
of fact so it was, but he was tired and hot, and badly
wetted already, so he bethought himself that a boy in
the hand was worth two in the sea, and marched off his
prisoner with an added sternness, which struck terror
to the hearts of the Sea Urchins, who from that day
to this have never dared to show an inch of their pretty
little white bodies out of their hiding-places; and, as








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you shall hear, it was quite by chance that I came to
know all about them.
Strolling down to the Bay of Delight early one
summer morning, while the trails of honeysuckle and
blackberry in the hedges were still wet with dew, I
stretched myself on the short turf of the low cliff above
the cave, and whilst I lay dreamily watching the sparks
of sunlight creeping over the sea, I became aware of
sweet singing or chanting, which it seemed to me floated
up out of the cave itself; but how could this be? I
asked myself, for it was high tide, and I knew the cave
was half full of water. I listened a little longer, and
then crept to the edge of the cliff and looked over.
All was clear water below me, but the singing grew
more distinct, so I noiselessly clambered down a little
way, so that I could peep into the cave. And then a
strange scene met my eyes, for perched about on various
projections of the rocks, just above high-water mark,
were six of the prettiest and tiniest boys and girls you
can imagine. They were combing their wavy yellow
hair with coral combs, and chattering to each other as
fast as their little tongues could go.
Three of them were girls, and three were boys, and
listening to their talk from my hiding-place, where I lay
as still as a mouse, I discovered that the names of the
girls were Pearl, Topaz, and Amethyst; and those of
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a sort of rhythmical chant, which, seemed to set itself
to the ceaseless murmur of the sea. Indeed, I believe
it was from always speaking to the accompaniment of
sea music that they had fallen into this strange and
pretty manner of speaking. This was the singing
I had.heard, but afterwards I learnt that Jasper, the
biggest of the boys, was a poet, who made songs about
everything that happened to them; and sweet little
Pearl drew pictures of all that occurred worthy of note.
I afterwards obtained a picture which she had made of
the policeman carrying off the unfortunate boy, which,
with many others, and also some of the songs made
by Jasper, you will find set down in this book.
When they had finished their toilets-which, you
may suppose did not take very long-they all stood
on a rock at the entrance of the cave, and sang the
following song, Jasper leading, and the others joining
in the chorus:--


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"Night is past, and the sun is peeping
Over the rim of the silver sea;
From ripple to ripple the light is leaping,
Brothers away on the billows free.
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Round the islands the waves are splashing-
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With snowy fringes of foam-bells flashing
Into the air as they trip along.
Away, away, while the wavelets splashing
Ring a chime to our morning song "


Jasper had a grave, beautiful face, befitting his name,
for jasper, a deep red-coloured stone, is, as you all know,
the foundation-stone of the walls of the New Jerusalem,
just as the lovely violet amethyst is the last and topmost
stone of the same wall; and I hope we shall all, you
and I too, see them shining there some day.


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Crimson and violet are the first and last colours of
the rainbow also, and if you look the next time you
blow soap bubbles, you will find that these two colours
are the first and last there too, with all the others in
between. These little folk were, as I have said, far




















prettier than any Land Urchins I have ever seen; and
it is, after all, no such wonder that there should be
poets and artists among them, for they are Nature's own
children, neither mother nor nurse had they ever known
save her. All their lives had been lived with her lovely
secrets around them, and they understood her lightest








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word or look, and loved her with all their hearts, and
believe me, children, no true artist or poet was ever
born who does not do so too.

"Where are our horses, Ruby? let us ride
Adown the sun-track on the ebbing tide;

chanted Topaz.

"The horses wait in yonder shining pool,
I bridled them as day broke, fresh and cool;"

answered Ruby, whose duty it was to look after the
steeds of the little party.
He slipped off the rock and disappeared, but returned
in a twinkling, swimming in front of six sea-horses,
whose bridles of brown seaweed were looped over his
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each one was studded with a different preciotls stone,
corresponding to the names of the owners of the horses.
If you have ever seen a sea-horse, you will know that
it has no legs, but in place of them a pair of fins, which
work very much in the same manner as the screw of a
steamboat, by means of which it gets through the water
at a wonderful rate of speed.
Fearing that I should lose sight of my water fairies,
who each mounted a horse, I silently dropped into the
sea, and determined to follow them. So off we started,
through the cool clear water, and many a strange crea-
ture we passed on our way, I can assure you. The
Sea Urchins were in high spirits, and their sweet little
voices rang over the sea like a peal of silver bells, as
they laughed and talked to each other in their pretty
singing way. Their steeds seemed to catch the infection,
for they pranced and danced and curvetted in very much
the same manner as your ponies would do if you rode
out in such delicious morning air. As they passed a
rock, a young dog-fish, a mere puppy of a fish he was,
came out and barked at their horses' tails; little hoarse
wheezy- barks, for having been left in the lurch by the
tide, he had slept on the damp seaweed all night, and
caught a bad cold in his head. Ruby's horse was of
a rather irritable temper, and turned round and butted
at the puppy fish, till he sulkily retreated to nurse his
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Then Pearl crossed one little pink foot over a
dimpled knee to form a table as she rode, and taking
the bridle of her horse over her arm, drew such a funny
sketch of the dog-fish that the rest all praised it, and
laughed immensely. On and on they went; the sun
was getting higher in the sky, and the calm surface of
the bay lay shining and mottled over with all manner
of colours ; here deeply blue, like a sapphire, and there,
where green weedy rocks were beneath the surface, as
green as an emerald. Then came a broad golden topaz-
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streaks where the currents flowed out to the open sea,
and the loveliest amethystine shadows lay beneath the
distant rocks.
On and on they went, sometimes diving deep under
the water, past brilliant anemonies opening like living
flowers, past seaweeds and corals growing like groves
of trees by the side of the way; past sun-fish and John
Dory, and skates which swam in and out amongst the
branches; and ugly little squids who ogled them with
big rolling eyes as they rode along. And then a large
fish was seen, at whose approach the whole company,
both horses and riders, showed signs of consternation,
and in an instant had all disappeared into various hiding-
places. It seemed to me that this was a very harmless
and quiet-looking giant to make such a commotion, but,
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The fish had passed all the lurking-places except
one, leaving their occupants in safety; but Pegasus,
that troublesome horse of Ruby's, had not quite re-
covered his temper since the attack of the dog-fish,
and must needs poke his nose from under the over-
hanging fringe of seaweed just at the moment the
















enemy went by, and received the merest flick of its
fin, but in the twinkling of an eye horse and rider were
shot up high into the air, for you see it was neither
more nor less than a torpedo-fish who had touched
Pegasus, and this fish, as you know, is so strongly
charged with electricity as to give a violent shock to
any creature with whom it comes in contact. Alas !
for Ruby and his steed. The latter fell back into the







A Day with the Sea Urchins. 33

sea, where he slowly recovered; but Ruby had fallen
on the rock and cut his head badly, so that his pretty
yellow hair was all stained with blood. His companions
dismounted and gathered round him, and by-and-by
Jasper galloped off to the shore, where a little stream
of fresh water runs into the sea, and brought back some,
with which Amethyst bathed and bound up the wound,













as wise Nurse Nature had taught her to do, so that it
soon got well.
Then to horse and away again towards the largest
of the islands, for which they were bound. An old
Puffin on a sunny ledge of rock opened one eye and
blinked sleepily at them as they went by. She was so
old, so very old, that she was nearly blind, and was
quite grey all over from age, and could do nothing but
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which her grandchildren caught for her. Now thought-
less Emerald fancied it would be amusing to startle her,
and make her jump, so he dived, and brought up a long
spray of coraline, with which he rode up to the ledge
and tickled her poor old head. She shook it, and
muttered angrily to herself, but she was past jumping
at anything, and Emerald went on tickling her till she
hobbled and fluttered to the edge of the rock, and
fell over into the water with a great flop, where she
would certainly have been drowned, had not a good-
natured Eider Duck, who was fishing close by, helped
her on to his back and waddled home with her. Jasper,
who was a gentleman, as all poets must be, and knew








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that it is very bad manners, as well as very wrong and
unkind, in young folks to play tricks on old ones, caught
up a great soft sponge and threw it at Emerald's head,
who tumbled off his horse into a pool before he could
remember to shut his mouth, and a nasty jelly-fish swam
into it, so that he coughed and spluttered very much,
and felt dreadfully sick and uncomfortable. And serve
him right too, as I am sure you will agree with me.
Indeed, Emerald himself thought so very soon, for he
was a good-hearted boy, only mischievous and thought-
less, as boys are apt to be. As soon as he was better
he went and begged the old Puffin's pardon, but she
was too fast asleep again after her fright and fatigue
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You will find pictures of both of these scenes in this
book, for Pearl sat down on an empty snail shell under a
coraline tree, and drew them on the spot.
When Emerald rejoined his comrades, he found them
in a state of excitement, and as he appeared Jasper
exclaimed,-
"Great news has reached us since you went away-
Our gracious Queen will visit us to-day;
We must prepare for her the banquet hall,
And deck with garlands bright each rocky wall."

And Topaz chimed in,-

"Haste brothers, each I know doth understand
His work-we serve with heart as well as hand
And we're determined our beloved Queen
Shall have the grandest welcome ever seen !"

Without losing a moment the Urchins disappeared in
various directions, to make ready for the great event.
Now the name of their Queen was Aphrodite; many
of you know it well, and some of you will read by-
and-by, how she, the Queen of love, and of beauty
also, was formed of the foam of the sea (which was
very likely intended to teach us that to be beautiful,
a thing must first be clean and pure). There are
many seas, as you will have found on your maps; but
there is only one Queen for them all, and every crea-
ture in each one of the seas loved and obeyed her.
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Sea Urchins know nothing of Mr. Gladstone and
Home Rule, I am glad to say, and so no one thought
of disputing her authority. "The Queen can do no
wrong," was their motto, and a very good one it is
too.
How shall I describe to -you the beauties of the. sea
fairies' banqueting hall ? It was a vast cavern, which
must have stretched far under the island. Lovely pillars
of quartz rock and veined gypsum, alternately supported
a ceiling of pure transparent white, which looked like
alabaster, studded all over with precious stones of large
size, which shone and glittered like stars. The floor was
of the finest and brightest golden sand, and round the
base of each pillar was arranged what appeared to me
to be lovely flowering plants and ferneries; a group of
plants round one, and a fernery round the next, and so on
along the hall, but I found they were in reality trees of
various coloured coral and seaweed, covered with the
-most splendid anemonies, alternating with seaweederies,
where such tiny delicate green fronds- far more beautiful
than any mosses or ferns you ever saw growing on land-
were flourishing amongst the shining stones and shells;
little cascades of water, looking exactly as if they were
lighted by electricity, gushed out of the pillars over them
and kept them swaying backwards and forwards, and up
and down, with the softest and most graceful motion
possible.








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In the centre of the hall rose a dome, looking up into
which was like looking up to the blue summer sky from
the bottom of a narrow shaft or dry well, so intensely
and duskily blue was it. From this dome seemed to
come the wonderful light which filled the place. How it
really came, or from whence, I could not tell, it was like
a luminous cascade of soft iridescent light.
It seemed to me that no further decoration could be
needed, but the Urchins thought otherwise, for they were
rapidly weaving long rainbow-hued garlands which they
linked from pillar to pillar. Next a throne was carried
in, which was carved throughout from mother-of-pearl,
and which shimmered and shone in such a dazzling
manner, that 1 could scarcely look at it, standing as it
did immediately beneath the great dome. Then variously
coloured seaweed was arranged in patterns on the floor
for some distance round the throne, till it looked like
the most gorgeous Turkey carpet ever seen. When
this was finished the banquet was spread. All this
time shoals of Sea Urchins had been pouring in from
different directions, for the news of the Queen's intended
visit had spread far and wide; and as fast as they came
they fell to work in a most business-like manner to
arrange the feast.
Of what this was composed I do not pretend to say.
I can only assure you, that I never before saw things
that looked so good to eat, the dishes were all of mother-








42 A Day with the Sea Urchins.


of-pearl, and were piled with what appeared to be fruit,
jellies, creams, and ices of all shapes and colours; raised
pies too I saw-but how they were made or of what
they were made, I do not know, there they were, and
the sight of them made me quite hungry. Just as the
finishing touch was given, a stranger Sea Urchin hurried
in, exclaiming,-

"Brothers-sisters-hasten to appear,
Form up your ranks, for the great Queen draws near !"

And then, when the Urchins were gathered in two
closely packed lines, stretching from the entrance of the
hall, a wonderful procession was seen advancing. As
the foremost two trumpet-fish-of which six formed the
advance guard- came within their lines, Jasper gave a
signal, and they all struck up what I found was really
their substitute for our God save the Queen." Jasper,
who was the poet laureate at this time, had composed
and set it himself to the air to which they sang it. I
write it down here word for word as I heard it, and I
wish I could tell you how sweetly it sounded, as one by
one the two long lines of Sea Urchins took it up, and
how their bell-like voices rang it out:-

"All hail! Aphrodite!
Sole Queen of the Sea;
Most potent and mighty
We own thee to be!











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MARCH OF APHRODITE.
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Bright child' of the water,
That girdles the earth-
0 Sea's peerless daughter
How great was thy birth!

"All creatures adore thee,
Thine empire we own;
And, bowing before thee,
Encircle thy throne.
And fond lips are telling,
Thy beauty and fame,
Till each ocean dwelling
Resounds with thy name.

"All hail! Aphrodite
Sole Queen of the Sea;
Most potent and mighty -
We own thee to be!
And deep as thine ocean-
As boundless and free,
Thou know'st the devotion
We render to thee!"

On and on came the procession, trumpet-fish first,
blowing their trumpets into the air; then a long train of
sword-fish, holding their swords straight out in front of
them. On and on they came, till I thought every
creature that lived in the sea must have passed me;
then more Urchins in a group, and in the midst of
these-her body-guard-sat the Queen herself in her
royal car. This car was of mother-of-pearl, like the:








52 A Day with the Sea Urchins.

throne, and so fine and wonderful was the carving of
it, .that it might have been made of moonbeams and
gossamers for all you could have told to the contrary.
But the beauty of the Queen herself, who shall
describe? Far be it from me, my children, to attempt
that task, for have not the pens and pencils of all the
poets and artists through the ages essayed to do it-and
failed ? Each of you can form your own ideal of perfect
beauty, and believe her to be like that. It would not be
a thousandth part beautiful enough, you know, but it is
the best way I can suggest for you to get an idea of her.
On and on she came, with more trumpet-fish and
sword-fish behind her; and sweeter and sweeter sang
the bands of Urchins as she slowly passed between their
lines, smiling and bowing on one side and the other, just
as our own dear Queen does, when she finds rows of
Land Urchins standing by to see her pass.
When at length she arrived at the entrance of the
banqueting hall, I was delighted to see that it was my
own special six Urchins who advanced to receive her
with low bows. And my own particular favourite Jasper
had the honour of handing her out of the car, and
leading her to the throne, under the dome of light.
When she was seated they all pressed round, viewing
with each other who should serve her best and most
quickly. The beautiful Queen looked about her well
pleased, and bestowed many loving words and glances









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on her young subjects, telling them to take care of
themselves, and eat of the good things they had
provided for her. And when at length the banquet was
over, she made a signal to Jasper, and said,-


"My zealous subjects, clear the banquet hall,
We would behold a far-famed Urchins' ball."



RECITATIVE.
APHRODITE. Recit.
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54 A Day with the Sea Urchins.


The hall was cleared as if by magic, and then
began the prettiest scene it has ever been my good
fortune to behold.
Thousands of the graceful little creatures joined in
the dance, and ever as they danced they sang, over and
over again, a new song Jasper had made for them, and
called "The Dancing Song" :-

"Far below the shining
Of the Summer sea,
We, with arms entwining,
Dance in careless glee.
Retreating and advancing,
We bow before our Queen;
'Tis well she loves our dancing,-
And dancers too, I ween!
To this side, and that side,
Flashing to and fro;
Then clasping one another,
Round and round we go-
Clasping one another,
Round and round we go i

"Far below the sunlight,
Shining on the sea;
Dancing in the dunlight,
Who so gay as we!
Fairy bands are drifted
Like a mist-wreath by;
Then, neathh arms uplifted,
Winged couples fly!









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To this side, and that side,
Flashing to and fro;
Ere a circle making,
To our Queen we bow-
Ere a circle making,
To our Queen we bow! "


All the time the banquet and the ball were pro-
ceeding, the great numbers of fish and sea creatures
forming part of the procession had gathered themselves
into an immense ring surrounding the hall on the out-

DANCING CHORUS.









56 A Day with the Sea Urchins.




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side, with their heads towards it, and some distance
outside this again pairs of flying-fish were stationed
as scouts, whose duty it. was' to give warning if any
danger threatened.
I had remarked that neither Pearl nor Topaz had
taken part in the dance. Pearl, I knew, was seated
on the step of the throne, very busily engaged making'
pictures of everything. Some of them you. will find)
in this book, especially a sketch, which may be termed
a fish's-eye view of the ball, which was admired and
praised even by the Queen herself; indeed, she was so,
pleased with it, that she graciously honoured her little:
subject by allowing her to take a portrait of her royal
mistress seated on her throne. But it was some minutes
before I discovered what had become of Topaz, whom
I had last seen eating, as it appeared to me, rather
too heartily of some of the good things with which
the tables were laden; then, as I peered about, I;
caught sight of her, sitting mournfully in a dim recess.
all alone. And I saw that, as I had suspected, the\
silly little maiden was paying the inevitable penaltyY
of her greediness. Nurse Nature had given her a
bitter dose of salt water to drink, and here she had
to sit, feeling very ill and unhappy, until she got well)
again. Of course, she could not dance at all; andg
worse still, she could not even come forward to say
good-bye to her dear Queen; so she cried till her









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pretty eyes were quite red, and said over and over
again to herself how very very careful she would be
not to do so foolish a thing again.


But time was getting on. One of the flying-fish
came in, and announced that the sun was well on his
journey down the western path of the sky. The Queen
made a sign to Jasper to stop the dance, and one by
one the Urchins came up to take leave of her, saying,-

"We thank thee, mighty Queen, for this thy grace ;
Farewell, until again we see thy face."

To which Aphrodite replied,-

"Fare ye well, dear children, we would fain
Know ye all happy till we meet again."

Then she rose from her throne, and taking Jasper's
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66 A Day with the Sea Urchins.


RECITATIVE.
SEA URCHINS. Recit.


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chil- dren, we would fain Know ye all hap py till we





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meet a- gain.



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68 A Day with the Sea Urchins.

arm, she walked to the car which now awaited her,
escorted by the whole family of Urchins, with the
exception of Topaz. Then they formed their lines,,
and the procession wound its mighty length between
them and went out and away in the same direction from
which it had arrived, till it was lost in the dim distance.
The great event had not, however, been quite unseen
by the prying eyes of those who lived above the water;
one pair, at least, had caught a glimpse of the scene.
The good-natured young Eider Duck who had
assisted the old Puffin was a noted diver, and was the
master of a diving club, whose head-quarters were on
the island where the Puffin family also lived.


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Now young Eider had taken it into his head to have
a diving match on this very afternoon with some other
youngsters, members of the club, and he dived down
and down till his bewildered eyes caught sight of some
of the grand doings in and about the' cavern. So
astonished was he that it was some minutes before
he could collect himself sufficiently to return to the
surface. He had been so long under water that his
comrades, who had given him up for lost, were already
wondering who would be elected as manager of the
club in his stead, when up he came, panting and
gasping, with barely breath enough left to scramble on
to a rock, where he had to lie for some minutes before
he could recover his scattered senses, and tell what had
happened to him.
Then, as his companions gathered round him, he
began to unfold the wonderful story of what he had



-. ._ .-.. -.








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seen, and closer and closer their bills drew together as
they listened. Some said they did not believe it at all.
Some were for going down to see it for themselves (but
that was all talk, for they knew very well they could not
dive so far down). Others screamed excited questions,
till at last the old Puffin herself was aroused by the
clamour. She woke up and tried to listen, but her sleepy
brains could only take in a word or two here and there.
I hope she cut his head off," she exclaimed at last,
in a very angry voice.
The whole club jumped with surprise, and the
members, looking at each other, tapped their foreheads
significantly with their toes.
"What do you mean, Madam?" asked Eider,
politely.
"The Queen- the rude boy-I hope she cut his
head off," repeated old Mrs. Puffin, still more viciously.
I think not, Madam," replied young Eider, "for
I saw him down below there with his head still on his
shoulders, and a very handsome one it is too."
"And he isn't a bad fellow by any means," chimed
in another. "He came and begged your pardon for
teasing you, mother. No one can do more than that,
but you were too sleepy to hear him."
I hope she cut his head off," muttered the old thing
again, but very drowsily this time.
"And if she had," struck in a third member, you








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would want to put a sleepy old head on his shoulders
instead, I suppose. No, no, boys will be boys, and
every dog must have his day, and so must boys and
ducks also."
Rude boy-cut off-my head-tickled it-when
you come to my age," murmured Mrs. Puffin, and then
she was fast asleep again, and snoring loudly.
The old lady can't last long at this rate," remarked
a young Drake, who was studying medicine under Dame
Nature. That snore sounds very apoplectic, and no
wonder, eating so many sprats, and sleeping all day in
the sun like that."
And he was right, for an hour or two later the poor
old Puffin fell off her perch into the sea with a heavy
splash, and when she was picked up she was found to
be quite dead.
The Urchins employed themselves, for some time
after the departure of the Queen, in restoring the
banqueting hall to its usual order, and putting away
the remains of the feast. By this time Topaz was
better, and she came to assist them, looking very much
ashamed of herself, but they all good-naturedly pre-
tended not to have noticed her misfortune, for they
knew, from their own experience, no doubt, that she
had already been sufficiently punished for her fault.
The stranger Urchins had all departed in detach-
ments, so that now only the original six were left. I








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was glad of this, for I wanted to follow their movements
more closely than I had lately been able to do on account
of the crowd. I had become deeply interested in them;
as who would not be ?
And now a very sad thing was about to happen.
The sun was certainly getting low, and I was wondering
whether my little friends would return to the cave in the
Bay of Delight. They were swimming about under
water, employing and amusing themselves in ohe way
and another, when something large and shadowy
appeared above us, and fell down and down towards
us through the clear green water, which, when it came
close, I recognized as the body of a drowned boy.
At first the Urchins were much alarmed, not knowing
him to be.dead, and they scurried off to hide themselves.
But he fell down and down, till at last he was lying
motionless on the bright sand at the bottom of the sea
a little way below us, and after a time they, began to
peep out at him and whisper to each other.
Was he an Erinnys ? they said; and was he asleep ?
But they soon began to guess the truth, for they knew
quite well that Land Urchins cannot live under water
as they themselves do. And Jasper said,-

"Not thus, beneath the sea, can mortals dwell;
My brothers, this is but the empty shell
Of one, who now has spread his wings of white,
And flown away, far-far beyond our sight."










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RECITATIVE.
JASPER. Recit. Andante maestoso.
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dim.


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So one by one the Sea Urchins came out of their
hiding places, and floated down to where the body of
the boy lay.
How much they knew of the great mystery of life
and death I could not tell, but Jasper, who was very


- ~


wise, had evidently told them something, for they were
very grave, and looked so pitifully at what they called
the empty shell of the boy as they stood round it. He
was younger and smaller than the one they had seel
carried off by the policeman-quite a little boy, in fact,
though so much bigger than the Sea Urchins.
Presently they agreed among themselves that they









76 A Day with the Sea Urchins.

could not leave "the shell" lying there, so each taking
gently hold of it, they floated up till they came to a
little cavern in the rock, with a floor of soft shining
white sand. In this they laid it, and I wish you could
have seen how lovingly they kissed its eyes and lips,
and how tenderly they smoothed and arranged the














pretty curling brown hair. Then Pearl wove a lovely
garland of white seaweed, which they twined about it
as it lay in the little cavern, which was then shut up
with a large block of veined gypsum.
Very gravely and silently they had done all this, and
when it was finished Jasper floated, up by himself to
the surface of the sea, where a boat was sailing about
over and over and round and round the same place.
A man in the boat, with a terribly sad face, was leaning









A Day with the Sea Urchins.77


over the side; he seemed to be very intently looking
for, or trying to see, something under the water.
Now Jasper guessed that this boat contained the
friends of the drowned boy, and so, in fact, it did. The
sad-faced mafi was the father, who was trying to find
the body of his little son, for he knew that this was all
they cold hope to see of him now. Jasper followed
the boat at a little distance, singing over and over
again a sweet song 'which he made then and there
for the purpose, and which I write down here for you
to read:-

"There's a Land where all are happy,
Far away beyond our ken;
All may find a place within it,
But we know not-know not when.
Through the pearly gates that stand
At the entrance of that Land,
We have caught a gleam of glory when
it opened, now and then.

"Only gentle angels know it,
And I've longed for wings like theirs,
When I've seen them flying-flying,
Up the sunbeams' golden stairs.
For no' sorrow enters there-
Not a pain, and not a care-
And our eyes have seen no beauty that
with yonder Land compares!








78 A Day with the Sea Urchins.


JASPER'S SONG.
Andante maestoso, con gran. esfress.


I. There's a Land where all are hap py, Far a -
2. gen tie an gels know it, And I've
Sem re legato


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longed for wings like theirs, When I've seen them fly ing-


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rit. espress.


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82 A Day with the Sea Urchins.



p rit. espress. rit. espress.


cast. And of ev 'ry ach ing heart He .will




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84 A Day with tihe Sea Urchins.


"And if any harm assaileth
From the stormy wave or blast,
One, whose mercy never faileth,
Will protection o'er us cast.
And of every aching heart
He will heal the pain and smart,
When He calls us-when He calls us-to that
happy Land at last !"


Jasper sang with all his heart. He knew that the
actual words of his song would not reach or be under-
stood by the people in the boat, but he sang and sang on,
for he wanted the spirit of his words to mingle with the
murmur of the sea and the whisper of the summer wind,
and by this means reach the heart of the sorrowful father,
and comfort him, as it really did, for by-and-by, as the
singing went on, he began to look rather less sad, and
instead of gazing down into the water, and thinking of
the little son he had so loved, lying unburied down there,
he looked up into the beautiful sky, which was now
putting on its brightest colours ready for sunset, and
thought of a happy angel up there instead.
It is not everybody who knows and loves Mother
Nature well enough to hear and understand all the
sweet comforting things she can say out of her own
great heart, to the hearts of any who are in sorrow, or
trouble, or pain, but you will agree with me that it is








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a very happy thing for those who do so hear and
understand her.
Jasper knew all about it. He knew many things, this
dear wonderful Sea Urchin of mine. I felt sure that he
must have had some great sorrow to bear himself, in
spite of all his fun; for poets, and artists too, and, in
fact, every one who really teaches others, must have
learnt everything that they teach, with pain and trouble
to themselves.
You children all know this, I am sure, for are you
not learning something all day long, even at your play?
You must find out everything by the pain or trouble
of experience. It must be so, in one way or another,
all through your lives in this world, and then, sooner or
later, when all your lessons are learnt, you know that
you will have to go through the dark and pain of
death, before you get into the beautiful and glorious
light which shines beyond.
Jasper knew all this, I am sure. The name of the
stone-the blood-red jasper-by which I have called
him, means suffering. Some day I will tell you the
signification of the twelve other precious stones also,
unless in the meantime you find them out for your-
selves.
After a time the little boat, with its sorrowful crew,
who had given up their fruitless search, turned and
rowed towards the shore in the quiet sunset, and then









86 A Day with the Sea Urchins.

Jasper swam back and rejoined the others, who were
now evidently preparing to depart.
Ruby had bridled, and brought together, the same
sea-horses on which the party had ridden in the morning,
and was amusing himself by all manner of daring and
eccentric performances with them, All were there






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except Pearl, whom they called several times, and who
at last appeared. But what a strange-looking Pearl it
was who slowly swam towards them, with an expression
half-conceited, and half ashamed, on her usually sweet,
placid little face.
Now the facts of the case were these. One day
Pearl, from a secure hiding-place, had watched a pleasure
boat go past, and having been much struck by the smart







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appearance of a tiny girl amongst the party of Land
Urchins on board, had secretly determined in her foolish
little heart that she would, on the first convenient oppor-
tunity, contrive a dress like it for herself. The stirring
events of the day had, however, fully occupied her
attention, and it was pnly now, to while away the time
till Jasper should return, that she had remembered and
carried out her idea.
There is no denying that she had done it very well,
considering that seaweed was the only material at her
command. Her artistic fingers had fashioned a green
frock, very like a Land Urchin's night-gown in shape,
which was gathered round the waist with a ribbon-like
strip of gold colour, and a delicate trimming of white.
finished it at the throat and wrists; two or three rows of
tiny pearly shells were round her neck, and a jaunty
little flat green cap was set on the back of her yellow
curls. It was very cleverly managed indeed, and I
wished she could have made a sketch of herself. But
you see that, though this costume would have looked
pretty enough on a Land Urchin, it was very comical
indeed to behold a Sea Urchin thus fashionably attired.
Pearl's brothers and sisters and other inhabitants of the
sea seemed to think so too, for after a pause of mute
astonishment, she was greeted with such peals of silvery
laughter that the water rang again with it. Peal after
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A Day with the Sea Urchins. 89

by laughing too-the sound of such mirth was so very
infectious.
A number of plebian-looking young plaice came by,
romping roughly with each other, who, when they saw
Pearl, stuck their tongues into their cheeks and grinned
derisively. Then passed a pair of smart, slender mullet,
taking their evening stroll together, arm in arm; they
stared rather more than was polite, and whispered to
each other.
Pearl grew hotter and hotter, and felt more and more
ashamed of herself. This was not at all what she had
expected, and the conceit was being rapidly taken out of
her. At last the poor little, maiden fairly burst'into
tears, which so touched the hearts of her comrades that
they made a great effort and overcame their laughter.
Then Amethyst went up to her too ambitious sister,
and led her by the hand into the recess from whence
she had so proudly emerged a few minutes before, and
kindly and quietly helped her to strip off her finery and
be once more her natural self.
This ridiculous scene had somewhat delayed the
return journey, but now the sun was nearly down, and
mounting their restless steeds they set out in earnest.
Giddy, mirth-loving Emerald, however, lagged behind
now and again to laugh softly to herself, but being
Pearl's special ally he would not for worlds have hurt
her feelings by letting her see him do it.









90 A Day with the Sea Urchins.

The sea-birds were flying homeward, slowly uttering
from time to time their rather melancholy cries. All the
gay boats were gathering into the harbour, and I could
see the bright star-like light of the lighthouse on shore
beginning to gleam and flash; family parties of Land
Urchins were being got together by their nurses, and














led home ere the twilight fell on the steep pathway up
the cliff. My little friends had grown very quiet as we
sped on over the gentle ripples of the sea, and presently
they began to sing the song I have written down here
to a sweet simple air, which the cliffs seemed to catch
up and echo back as they sang:-

"Day's bright hues are fading
From the ocean's breast;
Lo, the sun is setting
In the crimson west,





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Round the riv er bend, While the white-wing'd sea,- gulls
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Little boats are flitting
Round the river bend,
While the white-winged sea-gulls
To the haven wend,
And on rosy ripples
Of the flowing tide,
In the sunset glory
Lightly home we ride.
In the sunset glory, etc.



















"Lips of tiny wavelets
Kiss the shining shore;
All is sweet and peaceful,-
Day is well-nigh o'er.
Lo, the moon is rising
O'er the cliffs afar;
On the grey horizon
Hangs the evening star.








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Twilight's dewy fragrance
Closes round us fast;
All so sweet and peaceful,
Tells that day is past!
All so sweet and peaceful, etc."

By the time this song was finished the cave was
reached, and the sea-horses were unbridled and set free
to roam about as they liked. In a few minutes the
Urchins had disappeared, and with the echo of their
sweet bell-like voices in my ears I fell asleep imme-
diately on reaching the shore. When I awoke it was
morning again, and I found myself still stretched on
the short turf of the cliff, with the full tide flowing
beneath me. Could I have slept there all night, I
thought, after my long day spent with the Sea
Urchins? I did not remember scrambling up the
rocks to the cliff again, but then I had been so very
sleepy. Had I dreamt it all, I wondered? I could
not tell; I cannot tell to this day. But this I know-
that I saw all I have told you, just as it is set down
here, with my own eyes. So you will agree with me
that the Sea Urchins must really have been there,
and here are the pictures of all I saw them doing,
and the songs I heard them sing, which will be proof
enough to all sensible people.
And whenever I walk inland on the moor above the
river, I dream it all over again; and whenever I come








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down the steep path by the little cemetery where the
white crosses gleam in the evening light, and catch
sight of the lovely placid bay between the trees, I
dream it all over again too; and think how much
better than other people I know what is going on out
there.
Now that I have told you all about it you may
picture it to yourselves, as you come upon our favourite
haunts day after day. But I have still to make my
own farewell song for you, and at any rate, dear Land
Urchins, every one of you-this is in real, downright
earnest-that I wish you, with all my heart in the wish,
A Happy Christmas, and the brightest of New Years.


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Close o'er the page, my task is done,
Here I must lay aside my wand;
Here we must part, who hand in hand,
Have sped from dawn to set of sun.

For I who wrote, and you who read,
Have met in spirit o'er the page;
I, knowing not your name or age,
Have held you with a golden thread.

















And, though on earth I may not trace
Your features, One guides you and me,
Who by the tideless crystal sea,
Some day may bring us face to face.

But we must learn through toil and pain,
Dear children, aye, both you and I-
Both life and death's great mystery,
Before with Him we live and reign.




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