G.W. Dillingham Co.
Publishers O W
New York. Or
W W Denslow.
The Baldwin Library
HERE once on a time was a Mischievous Crow
j' ^Who escaped by some chance from a travelling show,
( And, searching about for a resting place, found
A barnyard, where animals wandered around.
The Horses and Chickens, the Turkeys and Cows,
And all sorts of creatures that gobble or browse,
The Mischievous Crow sat
and watched for a while,
From his seat on the gate,
with a sly, crafty smile.
SThen he said to himself,
"I've a wonderful thought-
If those animals there only tricks could be taught,
They could give a fine circus, as good as the one
I've been travelling with. I will teach them. What fun!"
So he called to the Animals, "How do you do?
May I come down and play in the barnyard with you?"
And the Old Spotted Cow, most sedate of the lot,
Politely replied, "If you wish, Sir, why not?"
In a very few minutes
the mischievous bird
Had established himself
o. with the innocent herd
And the Pigs and Goats worked
and worked till they dropped,
And 'twas not till the dawn
that the strange lesson stopped.
"When the Farmer appears," said the Mischievous Crow,
"'Twill please him to give him a glimpse of your show.
He's coming, I think, so I'll bid you good bye.
I'm off for a nap in that pine tree so high."
The sun was just rising, when up the long lane
Came the Farmer, with water and fodder and grain.
He'd first feed the chickens, and opened their coop,
But a sight met his eyes, and he stopped with a whoop.
Each Chicken and Rooster, with cry loud and shrill,
A somersault turned, lighting right on its bill!
The Ducks and the Geese stood erect on their tails,
And the Turkeys danced jigs on the tops of milk pails.
The Farmer cried "Goodness!"
and scampered outside,
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As a well=favored guest, and
the Chickens polite
All begged him to share their
poor roost for the night.
"I gladly accept," said the
"But I feel that before off to slumber we go,
I can please you a bit, in my poor, humble way,
With some travellers' tales, and I will, if I may."
Of course they consented, and gathered around,
While the Crow, gaily perched on a tub on the ground,
Began to tell stories of all that he'd seen,
Of life with a Circus, all calm and serene.
He told them of Horses, of Sheep and of Goats,
In ribbons bedecked, and with nicely clipped coats,
Applauded by thousands. He told of the fun
In great sawdust rings, where 'twas lovely to run.
And the food, he declared, that those animals ate,
Was brought them by liveried servants, in state!
"You'd never," he said, "be content on a farm,
When once with a circus you'd tasted life's charm!"
"Could you show us the way?"
begged the Old Spotted Cow,
"Could we get with a circus?" "Yes, I'll show you how.
I'll teach you such tricks as they do with a show.
Let's begin right away," said the Crafty Old Crow.
"We'll make our own circus, and travel the land."
And the Animals cried, "'Twill be perfectly grand!"
While the farmer slept soundly, the crowd in the yard,
With the Crow as their teacher,
learned tricks new and hard.
The Goose and the Gobbler, the Duck and the Hen,
He taught to do somersaults like circus men.
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But the sights that he saw made his eyes open wide.
On the roof of the barn stood the Old Spotted Cow,
And the Sorrel Horse slid on his back from the mow.
Two Goats on their horns danced some kind of a jig,
And the Old Crumpled Ram leaped right over a Pig.
The Pigs all turned cartwheels exceedingly well,
And the Calf walked a tightrope, the Mare rang a bell,
The Cat and the Dog gave a neat juggling show,
Three Lambs on trapezes swung high, to and fro.
Then they All gave a cheer, and each stood on his head,
And the poor frightened Farmer
,just jumped up and fledI
Then the Animals looked for their teacher, the Crow,
For they wanted at once to start out with their show.
But the Mischievous Bird, seeing how the land lay,
Had fluttered his wings and was now far away.
They waited in vain, but he didn't come back.
They were bruised, they were hungry,
and frightened, alack
And at last when the Farmer again toward them came,
He found them all sorry, their heads hung in shame.
And they went to their work as they always had done,
Content with their farm
life again, every one!
SPress of J. J. Little & Co.,
Denslow's New Series of Picture Books
FOR CHILDREN FOR 1904
The twelve books by Mr. Denslow, published in 1903, were so well received
by children all over the world, that we take pleasure in putting before
them six new titles by the same author and illustrator, whose watchword
is action, color, expression and clean wholesome FUN for the little ones.
SERIES OF 1903
Jack and the Beanstalk House That Jack Built Old Mother ubhbard
SB C Book Three Bears 5 Little Pigs
Humpty Dumpty One Ring Circus Little Red Riding Hood
uarto ie, Prie 25 Cents ach; Indestructible, Mounted on
Quarto Size, Price 25 Cents Each; Indestructible, Mounted on
Mar3 Mad a Little Lamb
Linen, 50 Cents Each
G. W. Dillingham Company, Publishers, New YorI