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FROM ORIGINAL SKEPTCMeS, BY THE LATE
WILLIAM Mc CONNELL,
WITH ILLUSTRATIVE. VERSES BY
' GRIFFITH. AND FARRAN,
(SUCCESSORS TO NEWBERY AND HARRIS),
ad CORNER) OF ST. PAULâ€™S CHURCHYARD.
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PRINTED BY WERTHEIMER, LEA, AND CO.,
CIRCUS PLACE, FINSBURY CIRCUS.
But few words are needed to tell the story of this little Book;
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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 conciousness 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 14th 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 brotherâ€™s memory, have kindly aided in prepar-
ing the book for publication. I wish to express my gratitude, both
to Mr. Hoop, 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 sketchesâ€”a task
the difficulty of which will be fully appreciated by all who glance
at the Illustrations.
October, 1867. E
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.
Gentle as a Deer
Our Volunteer, Brave as a Lion
As Greedy as a Pig
As Marked asa Zebra .
As Conceited as an Ape
; A Knowing Old â€œ Hoss â€
A Sly Old Fox
As Savage as a Tigress .
An Irish Bull
A Surly Old Dog
An Odd Fish
A Stupid Old Donkey .
As Spiteful as a Cat
As Quiet asa Lamb .
Making Black White
AS GENTLE AS A DEER.
aa] NEVER saw a sweeter oneâ€”
A neater oneâ€”
Than this young lady here!
You could not find so rare a oneâ€”
So fair a one!
Oh neâ€™er a one
Is gentle as our deer !
Her bearing all so lowly isâ€”
So wholly is,
And solely is,
A modesty sincere,
That, almost in amaze of her,
This praise of her,
We raise of herâ€”
â€œÂ« Sheâ€™s gentle as a deer
AS BRAVE AS A LION.
If on looks we may place our relianceâ€”
Than our brave Volunteer,
Who the motto holds dearâ€”
â€œWe take arms for defence, not defiance.â€
Offa pmily ne
The old English lineâ€”
You will learn that our friend is a scion,
And if rightly you view
His bold countenance, you
Will discover heâ€™s brave as a lion!
OUR VOLUNTEER, AS BRAVE AS
AS GREEDY AS A PIG:
ey Gls face is flat
3] And very fatâ€”
His body.â€™s round and bigâ€”
He eats all day,
And people say,
â€œHe's greedy as a pig!â€
His legs are short,
A funny sort
To run or dance a jig,â€”
He looks like this
Because he is
â€œAs greedy as a pigâ€
His name is Jack,
But folks, alack,
All call him â€œ a Pishe
Because, you see,
This urchin, he
â€œTs greedy as a pig!â€
AS GREEDY AS
AS MARKED AS A ZEBRA.
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BB SARK hair,
_ Small handâ€”
Foot no bigger,
Dress in stripes,
These are types
Proving plainly as Algebra,
- Sheâ€™s as marked as any Zebra!
AS CONCEITED AS AN APE.
Py @iS is one of those sweet faces
(I advisedly say â€œsweetâ€â€” ~
Itâ€™s the word to paint his graces)
_ Which embody all conceit.
His screwed-up eyes proclaim itâ€”
His pursed-up mouth declares
That, if youâ€™d rightly name it,
â€™Tis conceit that prompts his airs !
If youâ€™d see him quite completed,
Just reverse his noble shape,
And you'll see how heâ€™s conceitedâ€”
As conceited as an ape.
A KNOWING OLD HOSS.
RIN the Road, on the Turf, you will meet with our friend!
Oh, he reads his Bellâ€™s Life from beginning to end;
And heâ€™s ready to gambleâ€”will bet and will toss,
And he calls it all â€œsport,â€ does this knowing old Hoss!
In his favourite spot, heâ€™s a favourite chair,
And his cronies are partial to gathering there :â€”
He is no rolling stone that can gather no mossâ€”
For the pocketâ€™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 itâ€™s best to go in:â€”
And though his advice may at times lead to lossâ€”
On the whole heâ€™s correct, is this knowing old Hoss!
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A SLY OLD FOX.
FEAT] KNOWING eyeâ€”
s E A thing whereby
A knowing man you know;
A cunning look
Is neâ€™er mistook :â€”
He looks exactly so!
He means to win â€”
He'll take you in, =
Pll bet you half-a-crown :â€”
But if youâ€™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 â€œSly old Fox!â€
aT1O AIS V
AS SAVAGE AS A TIGRESS.
If you for peace are wishing,
Or she will, of that same,
Full soon arrange the dishing!
Thereâ€™s nothing you can do,
But she will find a fault inâ€”
Thereâ€™s tallow in the stew,
The beef thereâ€™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 â€œ upset her â€â€”
So do it to oblige her ;
You'll in true colours get herâ€”
(Excuse the rhyme) â€”a Tiger.
YOUR â€œMOTHER-IN-LAW,â€ AS SAVAGE AS
AN IRISH BULL.
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eiF Paddy from Cork, you have heard :â€”
_ My word!
Thereâ€™d neâ€™er be a fact so absurd
As that you never knew
That an Irishman true
Thinks a bull is the very best bird
That eâ€™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,â€”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 itâ€™s simply a mere
Irish Bull !
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A SURLY OLD DOG.
ReeL-D Uncle Charles,
| He snaps and he snarls,
a He grunts and he growls,
He barks and he howls,
And his page (whom: his masterâ€™s accustomed to flog)
Describes Uncle C. as a surly old Dog.
â€œWhat are you at?
Whatâ€™s the meaning of that?
You're confoundedly slow !
Be off, sir,â€”goâ€”go! Â©
Come, come, now! look sharpâ€”youâ€™re as dull as a log!â€
So barks Uncle Charles, whoâ€™s a surly old Dog.
When I went to see
The old gentleman, he
Did not happen to be
Quite good-tempered to meâ€”
For he shouted out â€œBOH!â€ till I jumped like a frog,
Alarmed at the noise of that surly old Dog!
A SURLY OLD
AN ODD FISH.
S odd a fish,
As you could wish,
I met with by the sea;
â€œ Blow high, blow lowâ€
He said, â€˜â€˜â€™twas no
Bit difference to he !
â€œTâ€™m quite at home
In froth and foam,
And tempestâ€™s roaring din!â€
Said he;â€”and I
Looked down to. spy
If he had tail and fin.
But, as for him,
Why, he could swim
Like gravy in a dishâ€”
And so, you know,
He'll go to show
As odd as any fish!
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A STUPIDâ€™ OLD: DONKEY.
py pea, HAVE read in the papers to-day,
Ps Where a very large gooseberry grewâ€”
And whatever the newspapers say
Of course cannot fail to be true.
â€œT 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.
â€œI notice a toad has been found
In a stoneâ€”which one scarcely would credit ;
But itâ€™s perfectly true, I'll be bound,
Or the papers would never have said it.â€
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 SPITEFULYAS A CAF
fee MER claws she does not show,
But her tongueâ€”
Which is roughâ€”
Her neighbours all among
Makes more mischief than enough,
I would have you just to know!
She pretends she is sincereâ€”
That she means
What is kind !
But the scandal that she gleans
Shews how wicked is her mind.â€”
Why, her very smileâ€™s a sneer !
And she knows what she is at!
Never states !
And the mischief underlies,
For she only indicatesâ€”
Sheâ€™s as spiteful as a Cat !
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AS SPITEFUL AS
AS QUIET AS A LAMB.
al NICE little child in the neatest of clothes
| Is this elegant picture the artist next showsâ€”
A child, who so daintily dresses,
He never (like rude little children Iâ€™ve seen)
Has his hands or his face or his clothes aught but clean,
And never will get into messes.
He neâ€™er has been known to be rude to his nurseâ€”-
To forget Dr. Wattsâ€™s good â€œ Morals in Verseâ€â€â€”
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 â€˜I wonâ€™tâ€™ or â€˜I willâ€™ :â€”
Oh, you never can find such anotherâ€”until
f 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.
Heâ€™s a model for children ;. and certain I am
Heâ€™s as gentle and quiet as any young lambâ€”
The pet lamb of his father and mother.
AS QUIET AS
Very hard you might declare.
â€™Tis really no harderâ€”
If the means you take are right,
(Of our hints be no discarder)â€”
Than to prove that d/ack 7s white.
Our friend there, you observe,â€”he
Is a Nigger, to be terse ;
But just turn him topsy-turvy,
And you'll find himâ€”the reverse.
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