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FROM ORIGINAL SKETCHES, BY THE LATE
WILLIAM Mc CONNELL,
WITH ILLUSTRATIVE VERSES BY
GRIFFITH AND FARRAN,
(SUCCESSORS TO NEWBERY AND HARRIS),
CORNER OF ST. PAUL'S CHURCHYARD.
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CIRCUS PLACE, FINSBURY CIRCUS.
BUT few words are needed to tell the story of this little Book;
and since I am assured it cannot be better told than by me, I venture
to make the attempt.
The original idea, which suggested the quaint Drawings con-
tained in these pages, first occurred to my late brother, in April last,
and he then made the rough sketches for them. Their completion
was, alas, suddenly arrested by the hand of Death, and others have
had to carry out the designs which he left unfinished. One of
the latest anxieties which, in the consciousness of failing health, he
expressed with poignant regret, was, the fear that he might not
be strong enough to place the Drawings upon the wood, a fear
that was only too prophetic, for on the i4th of May he was taken
from us at the early age of thirty-four.
I have little more to add, save my thanks to those who, out of
regard for my dear brother's memory, have kindly aided in prepar-
ing the book for publication. I wish to express my gratitude, both
to Mr. HooD, for enhancing the value of the little work by the
verses he has written for it, and to the Artists, who have taken such
pains to reproduce the spirit and intention of the sketches-a task
the difficulty of which will be fully appreciated by all who glance
at the Illustrations.
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.
Gentle as a Deer . . . . .. Frontispiece
Our Volunteer, Brave as a Lion ... . . .. I I
As Greedy as a Pig . . . . . . 13
As Marked as a Zebra . . . . . .. 15
As Conceited as an Ape .... . ..... 17
A Knowing Old "Hoss .. . . . 19
A Sly Old Fox .............. 21
As Savage as a Tigress . . .. . . . 23
An Irish Bull . . . . . . . 25
A Surly Old Dog ............. 27
An Odd Fish .. . . . . . . 29
A Stupid Old Donkey . . . . .. 31
As Spiteful as a Cat . .. . . . . 33
As Quiet as a Lamb . . . . . . .35
Making Black White . . .. . . 37
AS GENTLE AS A DEER.
NEVER saw a sweeter one-
A neater one-
Than this young lady here!
You could not find so rare a one-
So fair a one !
Oh ne'er a one
Is gentle as our deer!
Her bearing all so lowly is-
So wholly is,
And solely is,
A modesty sincere,
That, almost in amaze of her,
This praise of her,
We raise of her-
She's gentle as a deer !"
AS BRAVE AS A LION.
BRAVER is no man
To march on the foeman-
If on looks we may place our reliance-
Than our brave Volunteer,
Who the motto holds dear-
"We take arms for defence, not defiance."
Of a family fine-
The old English line-
You will learn that our friend is a scion,
And if rightly you view
His bold countenance, you
Will discover he's brave as a lion!
OUR VOLUNTEER, AS BRAVE AS
AS GREEDY AS A PIG.
IS face is flat
And very fat-
His body's round and big-
He eats all day,
And people say,
"He's greedy as a pig!"
His legs are short,
A funny sort
To run or dance a jig,-
He looks like this
Because he is
"As greedy as a pig!"
His name is Jack,
But folks, alack,
All call him "Tiggy Tig!"
Because, you see,
This urchin, he
Is greedy as a pig !
AS GREEDY AS
AS MARKED AS A ZEBRA.
--_ ~ Fine eyes,
Foot no bigger,
Dress in stripes,
These are types
Proving plainly as Algebra,
She's as marked as any Zebra!
AS MARKED AS
AS CONCEITED AS AN APE.
IS is one of those sweet faces
(I advisedly say "sweet"-
It's the word to paint his graces)
Which embody all conceit.
His screwed-up eyes proclaim it-
His pursed-up mouth declares
That, if you'd rightly name it,
'Tis conceit that prompts his airs!
If you'd see him quite completed,
Just reverse his noble shape,
And you'll see how he's conceited-
As conceited as an ape.
AS CONCEITED AS
A KNOWING OLD HOSS.
N the Road, on the Turf, you will meet with our friend!
Oh, he reads his Bell's Life from beginning to end;
And he's ready to gamble-will bet and will toss,
And he calls it all "sport," does this knowing old Hoss!
In his favourite spot, he's a favourite chair,
And his cronies are partial to gathering there:-
He is no rolling stone that can gather no moss-
For the pocket's well-lined of this knowing old Hoss!
He can tell you the horse that is certain to win,
And can point out the sweepstakes it's best to go in:-
And though his advice may at times lead to loss-
On the whole he's correct, is this knowing old Hoss!
A KNOWING OLD
A SLY OLD FOX.
A thing whereby
A knowing man you know;
A cunning look
Is ne'er mistook:-
He looks exactly so !
S He means to win-
He'll take you in,
I'll bet you half-a-crown:-
But if you're smart,
Exert your art,
And turn him upside down !
And then you'll see
(Or deal to me
Your very hardest knocks)
At once explained
Why he has gained
The name of Sly old Fox!"
('iO AIS V
AS SAVAGE AS A TIGRESS.
E kind to this old dame
If you for peace are wishing,
Or she will, of that same,
Full soon arrange the dishing!
There's nothing you can do,
But she will find a fault in-
There's tallow in the stew,
The beef there's too much salt in.
She hates your horrid smoke,
And vows it nearly chokes her,
And if you dare to joke
You'll find how it provokes her!
She says that you upset her "-
So do it to oblige her;
You'll in true colours get her-
(Excuse the rhyme) -a Tiger.
I I .,' l,
YOUR "MOTHER-IN-LAW," AS SAVAGE AS
AN IRISH BULL.
E JF Paddy from Cork, you have heard:-
There'd ne'er be a fact so absurd
As that you never knew
That an Irishman true
Thinks a bull is the very best bird
That e'er flew!
And friend Pat he devoutly declares,
That our pictures are foolish affairs,
No difference, which-
Ever way you may pitch
Upon turning his portrait. He cares
Not a stitch!
For,-although (to be very severe)
That he, upside-down, should appear
Yet you always his full
Face may any way pull,
And you'll find that it's simply a mere
Irish Bull !
A SURLY OLD DOG.
LD Uncle Charles,
He snaps and he snarls,
He grunts and he growls,
He barks and he howls,
And his page (whom" his master's accustomed to flog)
Describes Uncle C. as a surly old Dog.
What are you at?
What's the meaning of that ?
You're confoundedly slow!
Be off, sir,-go-go!
Come, come, now look sharp-you're as dull as a log!"
So barks Uncle Charles, who's a surly old Dog.
When I went to see
The old gentleman, he
Did not happen to be
Quite good-tempered to me-
For he shouted out "BOH!" till I jumped like a frog,
Alarmed at the noise of that surly old Dog!
A SURLY OLD
I t I
AN ODD FISH.
F S odd a fish,
As you could wish,
I met with by the sea;
"Blow high, blow low"
He said, "'twas no
Bit difference to he !
I'm quite, at home
In froth and foam,
And tempest's roaring din !"
Said he;-and I
Looked down to spy
If he had tail and fin.
But, as for him,
Why, he could swim
Like gravy in a dish-
And so, you know,
He'll go to show
As odd as any fish!
=-T __ ~ IUI ~
A STUPID OLD DONKEY.
HAVE read in the papers to-day,
Where a very large gooseberry grew-
And whatever the newspapers say
Of course cannot fail to be true.
I find that three thousand of frogs,
Fell somewhere last week in a shower;
And observe that some hundred mad dogs,
Bit a number of men in an hour.
I notice a toad has been found
In a stone-which one scarcely would credit;
But it's perfectly true, I'll be bound,
Or the papers would never have said it."
This is just as he talks; for you seldom will see,
In your life such a stupid old donkey as he !
A STUPID OLD
AS SPITEFUL AS A CAT.
ER claws she does not show,
But her tongue-
Which is rough-
Her neighbours all among
Makes more mischief than enough,
I would have you just to know!
She pretends she is sincere-
That she means
What is kind !
But the scandal that she gleans
Shews how wicked is her mind.-
Why, her very smile's a sneer!
And she knows what she is at!
And the mischief underlies,
For she only indicates-
She's as spiteful as a Cat!
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AS SPITEFUL AS
AS QUIET AS A LAMB.
NICE little child in the neatest of clothes
Is this elegant picture the artist next shows-
A child, who so daintily dresses,
He never (like rude little children I've seen)
Has his hands or his face or his clothes aught but clean,
And never will get into messes.
He ne'er has been known to be rude to his nurse--
To forget Dr. Watts's good "Morals in Verse "-
Or his brothers and sisters at all to coerce,
As bad children will sometimes be doing.
And his greatest delight is to sit very still,
Never frowning, nor saying 'I won't' or 'I will':-
Oh, you never can find such another-until
I younger again begin growing!
He's the best of all boys, never making a noise,
For his time he employs in arranging his toys,
And is kind to each sister and brother.
He's a model for children; and certain I am
He's as gentle and quiet as any young lamb-
The pet lamb of his father and mother.
AS QUIET AS
O prove a Man a Lion,
Or a Monkey, or a Bear,
(Ere this Book you cast your eye on)
Very hard you might declare.
'Tis really no harder-
If the means you take are right,
(Of our hints be no discarder)-
Than to prove that black is white.
Our friend there, you observe,-he
Is a Nigger, to be terse;
But just turn him topsy-turvy,
And you'll find him-the reverse.
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