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OLD NURSE'S FIRST BOOK.
LITTLE OLD WOMAN.
LITTLE BO PEEP.
JACK AND THE GIANTS.
OLD DAME AND HER PIG.
A CAT came fiddling out ,----
of a barn, ---
With a pair of bag-pipes --
under her arm; _
She could sing nothing but --
fiddle cum fee, -
The mouse has married the -- -
Pipe, cat,-dance, mouse,
We'll have a wedding at our
A DILLER, a dollar,
A ten o'clock scholar,
What makes you come so soon ?
You used to come at ten o'clock,
But now you come at noon.
A B, C, tumble down D,
The cat's in the cupboard and can't see me.
A FARMER came trotting upon his '
Bumpety, bumpety, bump.
With his daughter behind him, so rosy
Lumpety, lumpety, lump.
A raven cried croak! and they all
Bumpety, bumpety, bump.
The mare broke her knees, and the
farmer his crown,
Lumpety, lumpety, lump.
The mischievous raven flew laughing
Bumpety, bumpety, bump.
And vowed he would serve him the
same next day,
Lumpety, lumpety, lump..
ESSY Bell and Mary Gray,
They were two bonny lasses,
They built a house upon the lea,
And covered it o'er with rashes;
Bessy kept the garden gate,.
And Mary kept the pantry,
Bessy always had to wait,
While Mary lived in plenty.
B AT, bat, come under my hat,
.And I will give you a slice of bacon,
And when I bake I'll give you a cake,
If I am not mistaken.
C ROSS patch, draw the latch,
Sit by the fire and spin;
Take a cup, and drink it up,
Then call your neighbors in.
CRY, baby, cry,
Put your finger in your
And tell yourmotherit wasn't I. '
C OCK a doodle doo!
My dame has lost her shoe;
My master's lost his fiddle stick,
And don't know what to d0.
F ATHER Short came down the lane,
Oh! I'm obliged to hammer and smite
From four in the morning till eight at night,
For a bad master and a worse dame.
0 to bed first, a golden
Go to bed second, a golden
Go to bed third, a golden bird.
ENTLEMEN came every
And little blue Betty hopp'di
She hopp'd up stairs to make
-And she tumbled down and
broke her head.
REEN cheese, yellow laces,
Up and down the market-places,
turn, cheeses, turn!
H UMPTY Dump
Not all the king's hc
Could set Humpty I
H ERE we go round the mul-
Here we go round the mulberry
On a cold frosty morning.
ty, sat on a wall;
pty had a great fall;
)rses, nor all the king's men,
)umpty up again.
This is the way we brush our hair,
Brush our hair,
Brush our hair,
This is the way we brush our hair,
On a cold frosty morning.
[Followed by This is the way we clean our boots," Ptc.]
/ J H ANDY Spandy, Jack-
Loves plum-cake and sugar
i. He bought some at a gro-
SAnd out he came, hop.
H USH, baby, my doll, I pray you don't cry,
And I'll give you some bread, and some milk by-and bye;
Or perhaps you like custard, or, maybe, a tart,
Then to either you are welcome, with all my heart.
H USH-A-BYE, baby,
Daddy is near;
Mamma is a lady,
And that's very clear.
Little jumping Joan, _
When nobody's with me,
I'm always alone.
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I HAD a little hen, the prettiest ever seen,
She wash'd me the dishes and kept the house clean;
She went to the mill to fetch me some flour,
She brought it home in less thalh an hour,
She baked me my bread, she brew'd me my ale,
She sat by the fire, and told many a fine tale.
S-C 11 )
F wishes were horses, beggars would ride,
If turnips. were watches, I would wear one by my side.
S T John Smith within ?
Y -, tliathe is.
(uCan 1e set a shoe?
4 Ave- marry, two.
II IIHer,. a niil, there a nail,
Tick, tack, too.
J ACKY, come give me thy fiddle,
If ever thou mean to thrive.
Nay, I'll not give my fiddle,
To any man alive.
If I should give my fiddle,
They'll think that I'm gone mad;
For many a joyful day
My fiddle and I have had.
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JACK and Jill
." went up the
To fetch a pail
S .. Jack fell down,
and broke his
And Jill came
ACK SPRAT '-
could eat no
His wife could
eat no lean;
And so betwixt
them both, ""
rhey lick'd the
K ISS me asleep, and kiss me awake,
Kiss me for dear Willie's sake.
ITTLE Robin Red-breast sat upon a tree,
Up went Pussy-cat, and down went he;
Down came Pussy-cat, and away Robin ran;
Says little Robin Red-bieast, "Catch me if you can."
Little Robin Red-breast jumped upon a spade,
Pussy-cat jumped after him, and made him afraid;
Little Robin chirp'd and sung, and what did Pussy say?
Pussy-cat said "Mew, mew, mew," and Robin flew away.
/ ITTLE Anne Etticoat,
In a white petticoat,
And a red nose;
The longer she stands,
The shorter she grows.
L LITTLE Tee Wee,
Hie went to sea,
In an open boat;
And while afloat
The little boat bended,
And my story's ended.
LITTLE Mary Ester,
Sat upon a tester,
Eating of curds and whey;
There came a large spider,
And sat down beside her,
And frightened poor Mary away.
MOLLY, my sister, and I fell out,
And what do you think it was about?
She loved coffee, and I loved tea,
And that was the reason we couldn't agree.
MISS Jane had a bag, and a mouse was in it,
She opened the bag, he was out in a minute;
The cat saw him jump, and run under the table,
And the dog said, catch him, puss, soon as you're able.
M Y little old man and I fell
I'll tell you what 'twas all about,
I had money and he had none,
And that's the way the noise
M ARY had a pretty bird,
Feathers bright and yellow,
Slender legs-upon my word,
S He was a pretty fellow.
The sweetest notes hL always sung,
Which much delighted Mary,
And near the cage she'd ever sit,
To hear herpown canary.
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O LD Mother Goose, when
She wanted to wander,
Would ride through the air
On a very fine gander.
Mother Goose had a house,
'Twas built in a wood,
Where an owl at the door
For sentinel stood.
This is her son Jack,
A plain-looking lad,
He is not very good,
Nor yet very bad.
She sent him to market,
A live goose he bought,
Here, mother, says he,
It will not go for nought.
Jack's goose and her gander
Grew very fond;
They'd both eat together,
Or swim in one pond.
Jack found one morning,
As I have been told,
His goose had laid him
An egg of pure gold.
Jack rode to his mother,
The news for to tell,
She called him a good boy,
And said it was well.
Jack sold his gold egg
To a rogue of a Jew,
Who cheated him out of
The half of his due.
Then Jack went a courting
A lady so gay,
As fair as the lily,
And sweet as the May.
The old Mother Goose
That instant came in,
And turned her son Jack
Into famed Harlequin.
She then touched her wand,
Touch'd the lady so fine,
And turn'd her at once
Into sweet Columbine.
Jack's mother came in,
And caught the goose soon,
And mounting its back
Flew up to the moon.
- IC'- -
p EASE pudding hot,
Pease pudding cold,
Pease pudding in the pot,
Nine days old.
Some like it hot,
Some like it cold,
Some like it in the pot,
Nine days old.
PUNCH and Judy
Fought for a pie:
Punch gave Judy
A knock of the eye.
Says Punch to Judy,
Will you have any more?
Says Judy to Punch,
My eye's too sore.
P ETER White
Will ne'er go right.
Would you know the reason why ?
He follows his nose,
Wherever he goes,
And that stands all awry.
P ETER, Peter, pumpkin eater,
Had a wife and couldn't keep her;
He put her in a pumpkin shell,
And then he kept her very well.
Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater,
Had another and didn't love her;
Peter learned to read and spell,
And then he loved her very well.
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P OOR old Robinson Crusoe! poor old Robinson Crusoe!
They made him a coat,, of an old Nanny great,
I wonder how they could do so!
With a ring a ting tang, and a ring a ting tang,
Poor old Robinson Crusoe.
J OBIN and Richard were two pretty men;
They lay in bed till the clock struck ten;
Then up starts Robin and looks at the sky,
0, brother Richard! the sun's very high.
You go first with bottle and bag,
And I'll come after on little Jack Nag;
You go first and open the gate,
And I'll come after, and break your pate.
UB a dub dub,
Three men in a tub;
The butcher, the baker,
-: The candlestick-maker;
-. All jumped out of a rotten potato.
R AIN, rain,
"- Go away,
;/ Come again
Vi Another day;
Wants to play.
SEE a pin and pick it up,
All the day you'll have good
See a pin and let it lay,
Bad luck you'll have all the day.
SWAN swam over the sea-
Swim, swan, swim;
Swan swam back again,
Well swan swam.
OME little mice sat in a barn
Pussy came by, and she popped
her head in;
"Shall I come in and cut your
"Oh no, kind sir, you will snap
our heads off"
SMILING girls, rosy boys,
Come and buy my little toys,
Monkeys made of gingerbread,
And sugar horses painted red.
SEIVE my lady's oatmeal,
Grind my lady's flour,
Put it in a chestnut,
Let it stand an hour;
One may rush, two may rush,
Come, tmy girls, walk under the bush.
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Born on a Monday,
Christened on Tuesday,
Married on Wednesday,
Very ill on Thursday,
Worse on Friday,
Died on Saturday,
Buried on Sunday,
This is the end
Of Solomon Grundy.
SING, song, the days are long,
The woodcock and the sparrow;
The little dog has burnt his tail,
And he shall hang to-morrow.
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SEE, saw, Margery Daw,
Johnny shall have a new
He shall have but a penny a day,
Because he can't work any
SEE, saw, Margery Daw,
Sold her bed and lay upon
Was not she a dirty slut,
To sell her bed and lie in the
SEE, saw, sacradown,
Which is the way to London
One foot up, the other foot
That is the way to London town.
THERE was an old woman, and what do you think ?
She lived upon nothing but victuals and drink:
Victuals and drink were the chief of her diet;
This plaguy old woman could never be quiet.
She went to the baker to buy her some bread,
And when she came home her old husband was dead;
She went to the clerk to toll the bell,
And when she came back her old husband was well.
[A Song set to fingers or toes.]
1. FHIS pig went to market; -
2. This pig staid at home;
3. This pig had plenty to eat, fill:
4. But this pig had none;
5. And this little pig said, Wee, I I ,
wee, wee! -
All the way home.
T WAS once upon a time
When Jenny Wren was young,
So daintily she danced,
And so prettily she sung;
Robin Redbreast lost his heart,
For he was a gallant bird;
So he doff'd his hat to Jenny Wren,
Requesting to be heard.
O dearest Jenny Wren!
If you will but be mine,
You shall feed on cherry-pie, you shall,
And drink new currant wine;
I'll dress you like a goldfinch,
Or any peacock gay;
So dearest Jen, if you'll be mine,
Let us appoint the day.
Jenny blush'd behind her fan,
And thus declared her mind;
Since, dearest Bob, I love you well,
I'll take your offer kind;
Cherry-pie is very nice,
And so is currant-wine;
But I must wear my plain brown gown,
And never go to fine.
Robin Redbreast rose up early,
All at the break of day,
And he flew to Jenny Wren's house,
And sung a roundelay;
He sang of Robin Redbreast,
And little Jenny Wren,
And when he came unto the end,
He then began again.
JENNY WREN fell sick
Upon a merry time;
In came Robin Redbreast,
And brought her sops and wine.
Eat well of the sop, Jenny,
Drink well of the wine;
Thank you, Robin, kindly,
You shall be mine.
Jenny, she got well,
And stood upon her feet,
And told Robin plainly,
She loved him not a bit.
Robin being angry,
Hopp'd upon a twig;
Saying, Out upon you, Jenny!
Fie upon you, bold faced jig!
THERE was a man in double
Who sow'd his garden full of
And when the seed began to
'Twas like a garden full of
And when the snow began to fall,
'Twas like a bird upon the wall;
And when the bird away did fly,
'Twas like an eagle in the sky;
And when the sky began to roar,
'Twas like a lion at the door;
And when the door began to crack,
'Twas like a stick across your back;
And when your back began to
'Twas like a penknife in your
And when your heart began to
You're dead, and dead, and dead,
TO market, to market, to buy a fat pig,
Home again, home again, jiggety jig.
To market, to market, to buy a fat hog,
Home again, home again, jiggety jog.
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THIRTY days hath September,
April, June, and November:
February has twenty-eight alone.
All the rest have thirty-one,
Excepting leap-year, that's the time
When February's days are twenty-nine.
T WO legs sat up-
on three legs,
With one leg in
In comes four legs,
Ci And runs away
with one leg;
h aCatches up three
Throws it after
I four legs,
And makes him
bring back one
IIE girl in the lane, that couldn't speak plain,
Cried gobble, gobble, gobble:
The man on the hill, that couldn't stand still,
Went hobble, hobble, hobble.
THERE was a little man
And he woo'd a little maid,
And he said, Little maid, will you wed, wed, wed ?
I have little more to say,
Than will you, Yea or Nay,
For least said is soonest mended-ded, ded, ded."
HREE wise men of Gotham
Went to sea in a bowl,
If the bowl had been stronger,
My song had been longer.
HERE was a little man,
And he had a little gun,
And his bullets they were -__ _,f -
made of lead, lead, lead; --- '-
He shot Johnny Sprig
Through the middle of the
And he knocked it right off
his head, head, head.
PTT she goes and down she comes,
If you haven't got apples, I'll give you some plums.
U PON my word and
As I was going to Bon-
I met a pig,
Without a wig, -. --
Upon my word and .j -iLE "
TYTEGAR, veal, and venison,
Are very good victuals, I vow.
T E'RE all in the dumps,
S'For diamonds are trumps;
The kittens are gone to St. Paul's !
The babies are bit,
The moon's in a fit,
And the houses are built without walls.
W HERE are you going to, my pretty maid ?
I am going a milking, sir, she said.
May I go with you, my pretty maid ?
You're kindly welcome, sir, she said.
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What is your father, my pretty maid ?
My father's a farmer, sir, she said.
What is your fortune, my pretty maid ?
My face is my fortune, sir, she said.
Then 1 won't marry you, my pretty maid.
Nobody asked you, sir, she said.
W~ W HAT'S the news of the day.
Good neighbor, I pray ?
They say the balloon
Is gone up to the moon.
W HAT are little boys made of, made of,
What are little boys made of?
Snaps and snails, and puppy-dog's tails;
And that's what little boys are made of, made of.
What are little girls made of, made of, made of,
What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice, and all things that are nice;
And that's what little girls are made of, made of.
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A I M m/i-771.
THE OLD WOMAN BLESSING HER CHILDREN.
THE LITTLE OLD WOMAN
WHO. LIVED IN A SHOE.
A LONG time ago, there lived in a valley at the foot of a
lofty mountain, A Little Old Woman. Her house was close
to the edge of a deep, blue lake, and not far from the borders
of a great forest. A very strange house it was, too, for it
was no other than an immense Shoe! Perhaps you. will
wonder greatly that a Little Old Lady should select such
an abode. But it is quite true for all that. And perhaps
you will wonder still more when you learn, that this Little
Old Woman found the Shoe not only large enough to live
in herself, but also for a very large family besides. So
many children had she, in fact, that, in the words of the
old nursery ballad, "she did not know what to do" with them.
Though they dwelt in such a strange house, they were
by no means sad or unhappy. The Little Old Woman
was very fond of her children, and they only thought
of the best way to please her. The elder and stronger
worked in the woods and fields, and the younger ones played
in the sunshine. First, there
was Strong-arm, a fine healthy
boy, who cut down trees in
the forest to supply his mother
with fire-wood. Here you may
see him carrying two great
bundles, which he has felled
from the forest close by. Then
there was Peter, who was very
skillful with his hands and
fingers; he would weave the
young and supple osiers into
the strangest and prettiest
shapes-making baskets for
his mother and cradles for
his little brothers and sis-
ters. Mark was the chief
gardener, and, helped by his
brothers and sisters, watch-
ed the growth of the vege-
tables and flowers in the
garden. Simon tended the
Sheep; which he would
take to the fine meadows
to nibble the grass, and
at evening carefully bring
them home to their nice
little shed that Strong-arm
had built; Tom had care
of the Rabbits, and never
forgot to give them fresh
cabbage-leaves every day,
he also had charge of the
good-natured Cow; Lizzy,
the eldest sister, milked it,
and fed the Cocks and
Hens, and gathered the
new-laid eggs, so that every
morning she could have a
number of them to put on
the table for breakfast, and
made the butter and the
fine large cheeses. She
also knew how to make
bread, as also very light
pies, puddings and cust-
ards, and would often
bake nice cakes for her
good brothers, which
they had as a reward
when they did their
work well. It was
Harry's task to bring
from the bubbling and
sparkling well, sweet
water for his mother,
and brothers, and sisters.
It was Jenny's duty to teach the younger children to read,
and this she did with great patience and care-the youngest
ones she taught by showing them nice picture books. The
Old Woman was very industrious herself, and desired that
all her children should be so likewise, for she knew that to
be clever and useful when we grow up, we must begin to
learn when we are young. I must not forget to mention
the great dog Grim, who watched the house, and kept
off danger in the night by his loud barking. He always
took his station by the Shoe, and guarded well the family
in the darkness. A brave fellow he was, as was once shown,
when a large, savage Wolf came out of the forest, and seized
one of the little children by the frock. Grim ran at the
hungry animal, and, not at all daunted, caught him by the
throat, rolling him over on the ground. Strong-arm was near,
and, rushing upon the Wolf with his hatchet, at one blow
killed it. After this, he hung up the skin on a tree, as a
warning to all other hungry Wolves who might come prowling
In the morning, when
Strong-arm had gone into
the forest, and when
Mark was working in the
garden, and while Simon
and Peter were making
baskets or tending the
Sheep, this Little Old
Lady would go forth to
, the brook, with all her
younger children to wash
the clothes. The girls
would go into the water
and help their mother to
wash, whilst Willie and
Charley would lay out
the clothes to dry; when
this was done, they were
carefully folded and car-
ried home in baskets by
the boys; thus every-
thing was done in a neat
and orderly manner.
Now, it was in this
way the Old Lady spent
her time, and in this way
she ruled and taught her
children. It is certain
she would have been as happy as her youngest children play-
ing in the sunshine, were it not for one sad event. You will
soon learn what this event was; meanwhile, I must tell you
that, when the poor Old Lady thought of it, it caused her so
much pain that she would be forced to leave her work.
Then, sitting on the green bank by the river's side, she would
weep long in great grief.
TThi- Littl- O(l W. ,man hail cm _-
not always lived in a Shoe. No;
she and her family had once dwelt in a large house with
great windows, that stood on the banks of the sparkling
lake. It was a charming house; the front and sides were
all grown over with creeping plants and ivy, and it had a fine
roof of bright red tiles. Very happy were they in those
days. Alas! ill-fortune came upon them at a moment when
they least expected it.
It was an event that caused all the poor Little Old Lady's
grief, for it was nothing else than the loss of her husband,
whom she loved so much and had not now seen for so many
years. He was, like his son, Strong-arm, a wood-cutter.
One day, as was his custom, he went into the forest to
fell trees. Now, there lived in a huge castle beyond the
forest, a fierce Giant, whose name was Gorgoras. He
was as tall as the highest trees in the forest, his arms
and legs as large as any of their branches, while his
body was thicker than the trunk of any tree in the wood.
His face was almost covered with black hair, and his great
eyes were like red-hot coals. One day, this cruel Giant
came out from his castle, and, being in a bad temper, he,
with many blows of his club, dashed the house of the poor
Little Old Woman into ruins! It was a very lucky thing
that she and all her children were out in the fields at the
time. After this, the Giant went into the forest, and, seeing
the Father at work, he, in a voice which sounded like thunder
among the trees, asked him what he did there ? The poor
man was dumb with terror, and his knees shook and
trembled. The Giant said he wanted a man to cut wood
for the fires in his castle, and, upon this, he seized the
wood-cutter by the waist and bore him off. When the
Little Old Woman came home, she found her house in
ruins, and her husband was no where to be seen! She
knew at once that it was the work of the wicked Giant,
and became alarmed for her husband, as she was certain
that if he were seen by the Giant he would either kill him
or carry him to the deep dungeons in his castle. Night
came on, and her husband did not return, so she and her
family went in search of him. When they came to that
part of the wood where the Giant had met their father, they
saw an immense Shoe. They spent a long time weeping
and crying out for their father, -
meeting with no reply but the
sighing of the wind among the
branches of the forest trees _4
Then the Old Lady thought she
and her children would drag the
Shoe out of the wood and take I
shelter in it, till they should be
able to build a fresh house
They fixed it firmly in the
ground, propped it up with stout
beams of timber, covered the top
with a trap-door to keep out rain
and wind, and, as it was very
high, Peter and Strong-arm cut
a piece out of the side to make an entrance. In this Shoe
they lived for many a year, finding it suit them so well that
they gave up the idea of building a fresh house. Yet
the Little Old Lady never forgot her husband and his
sad fate. Often would she sigh, and many hours would
she spend thinking of the best way to release him from
the bondage of the Giant; but no plan could she form for
his rescue. Strong-arm had seen how wretched his mother
was, and he was filled with sorrow as he watched her
weeping and moaning on the river's bank. When he learned
it was for his father she mourned, he was fired with the
desire to release him at any cost, so he spoke to his
brothers, who determined that he and the eleven next eldest
should go forth to conquer the Giant. His mother knew the
Giant's strength, and would not hear of his making the
attempt. She was sure he would be killed if he dared
to approach the Giant's castle. But the heart of Strong-arm
knew no fear, and he was ready to meet any danger. He
bought a dozen sharp swords, keeping for his own use an
immense blade, such as in his powerful hands would deal
a terrible blow! He told his skill- J
ful brother Peter to construct
twelve strong shields of wicker-
work with iron spikes in the cen-
tre of each, and as many helmets
of the same kind. Both shields
and helmets were very light,
though so closely woven that
they were not cut by the heaviest
blows that Strong-arm could deal
on them. To make success more -
certain, the skillful Peter made
twelve cross-bows, and for each
one he added a hundred iron-
headed arrows. Strong-arm and his eleven brothers were now
ready to go forth and attack the
Giant; but the Old Lady was (,-
full of fear. Her eldest son
would hear of no delay, so they
put on their helmets, with their
swords and shields. Then -
Strong-arm had them all stand
in order like well-trained sol-
diers, and going one at a time :
to their mother, she gave each .
son her blessing, and then fell' .
upon her knees and prayed for b
their success as they went forth.
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Strong-arm now gave the order to advance, and they
started for the forest. They marched along with bold
hearts, for it was a long way off, and the road through the
forest was difficult to find, but they neither cared for
difficulties nor trouble, so long as they had the chance of
restoring their kind father to liberty; their cause was good,
Strong-arm said, and that RIGHT OVER MIGHT should be
their motto. When night came on, they were yet a great
distance from the castle, so they collected some wood and
made a fire, which they all sat round, and had some supper,
which their good mother had provided them with before
starting. After supper Strong-arm related histories to them,
showing how those who fought for the true and just always
conquered the wicked at last, and told them that to be great
men they must be good men; then they all prayed that they
might get their father out of the hands of the wicked Giant,
after which they lay down to sleep, two always being left to
watch. As soon as the sun rose they all washed in a clear
stream that was near, then Strong-arm served out to each a
nice biscuit, this with a drink of spring water was their break-
fast, which they enjoyed very much. All being ready the
order was given to march, and they soon came in sight of the
Giant's castle. Around the castle was a deep ditch, and before
the massive gate there was a narrow bridge.
Strong-arm, leaving his eleven brothers in a little wood
close by the bridge, where they might remain safe, yet within
call if he should want them, boldly strode up to the entrance.
He seized the knocker, which was so heavy that it required
the strength of both his hands to lift it. Then he sounded
such a peal on the door that it fairly shook the walls of
the castle; the door was opened by a funny little boy with
a large head, who 'kept
grinning and laughing.
Strong-arm demanded of
him where his master the
Giant was to be found, but
the little fellow only laugh-
ed the louder.
At the noise, and hear-
ing a strange voice, up
sprang an ill-looking little
man with a large knife in
his hand, who had been
crouched down in the
shadow, and so had not
been seen by Strong-arm,
who quickly placed his
wicker-work shield before
his breast, and pressed
forward; the man cried,
Get back, or I'll kill you;
this is not the place for
good boys-Get back, he
cried; but Strong-arm made
a thrust at him and plunged
his sword deep into the
little man's side, who crept
quickly into his dark cor-
Strong-arm now felt very
valiant and walked boldly across
the court-yard, and presently
he met a very smartly dressed
page, who took his hat off and
bowed to Strong-arm, asking
.I.2 what he might please to want.
Strong-arm said he had come
to liberate his father, whom he
Knew was kept a prisoner by
the Giant; on this the little
\ \ man-said, You must cross the
inner court-yard, and there you
will see Old Margery Long-
nose sweeping the floor, you
must speak very kindly to her,
and she may perhaps assist
you. Strong-arm soon found
the old woman, to whom he
related his story, at which she
said she was sorry for him,
because the part of the castle
in which his father was kept
was guarded by a large Dragon,
and unless he could kill it, he
never could get his father's
liberty. Strong-arm, nothing
daunted, followed the old
woman's direction, and soon found himself in the presence of
the monster, who was fast asleep, so Strong-arm made short
work of it by sending his sword right through its heart, at
which it jumped tip, uttering a loud scream, and made as if it
would spring forward and seize Strong-arm, but the good
sword had done its work, and the monster fell heavily on the
Now, whilst all this was going on,
the Giant, who had been drinking much
wine, was fast asleep in a remote part
of the castle. Strong-arm had no
sooner finished the Dragon, tha up
strutted the funny little boy who
first opened the door, grinning and
laughing as before, and said, Your
servant, sir, I know who and what you
want, at the same time leading Strong-
arm round to another part of the
court-yard where he saw his poor
Father, who immediately sprang to his feet and embraced his
son. He said he was a dear, good and dutiful boy to
encounter so much danger for him; but alas! how was he
to escape, for he was chained to the door. Them Strong-arm
called up his brothers, and when they had embraced their
Father, they soon broke the chain and set him free; so they
all started off in the greatest joy for home.
I must return to the Little Old Woman. She, after her sons
had gone away, gave way to the most bitter grief for having let
them go to share the same cruel fate as her husband. While in
this state, an old Witch came up to her, and on the Old Lady
telling her the cause of her sorrow, she said she would help her,
that the Giant was an enemy of hers, and she would not only
see that the good sons prospered, but that the Giant should meet
with such punishment as his wicked ways deserved. Then
the Old Witch took the Little Lady on her broom, and they
sailed off through the air, straight for the Giant's castle.
On their way the Witch related how the Giant and she hated
each other; that she had great power, and wished to kill
the Giant. To carry out her design, she began by afflicting
him with corns and tender feet. Now, when the Giant awoke
from his sleep he was in such pain that he could bear it no
longer, so he thought he would go in search of his missing
Shoe, which like the other one he had in his castle, was easy
and large for his foot. When he came to the spot where the
Old Lady and her children lived, he saw his old Shoe, and
with a laugh that shook the trees, he thrust his foot into it,
breaking through the trap door at the top!
S-- -in great alarm, rushed
ul.,ut inside the Shoe,
Z1 n], in ,r,-iAt fear and trembling,
S. I:;-rn la.,le.1 thrO:nlIh the door slits which
e ..thu Giant had fvunerly made for his corns.
By this time the Witch and
the Little Old Lady, as also
Strong-arm and his eleven
brothers and his father, were
come up to the spot. Strong-
arm and his eleven brothers
shot their arrows at him till at
last he fell wounded, when
Strong-arm went up to him and
cut off his head. Then the
father and the Little Old
Woman and her many children
built a new house, and lived
happily ever afterwards.
j 3J5HE L(ISTHEfR SONEEP AND l
1741COULD!JT TELL VJIERE IUFINDTHFlA
"Little Bo-peep she lost her sheep,
And did'nt know where to find them-
Let them alone, and they'll come home,
And bring their tails behind them !"
So sings the Nursery ballad. A very sweet and charming
creature was little Bo-peep. Such a fresh healthy girl, with
long silken curls, and laughing blue eyes Her cheeks were
round and full, with a bloom on them such as is seen nowhere
else than on the lovely peach.
On her plump arms, and on her long taper fingers there
was the rose-blush of beauty! Her teeth were whiter than
the plumage of the swan, and when she spoke her voice was
so low, yet so full of music, that it was like nothing in the
world so much as the tinkling of the sweetest silver bell!
She was altogether a most lovely little maiden, and a more
beautiful Shepherdess never yet tended Sheep.
But though little Bo-peep was as good as she was fair to
look upon, she was sometimes made very sad by the ill-for-
tune that even such gentle creatures as herself may sometimes
meet with. Once, when, as the ballad tells us, she lost her
Sheep, she was very doleful indeed. And this is how it was.
One summer evening, when the sun was setting, and the sky
was all green and gold, little Bo-peep, who had to get out
of bed very early in the morning, feeling tired, sat herself
down on a bank covered with roses. Being very weary she
soon fell fast asleep. Now the Bell-wether of Bo-peep's flock
was a most stupid and stubborn fellow. You have heard, I
have no doubt, that all the sheep in a flock will follow the
Bell-wether, perhaps you also know that he always wears a
bell tied round his neck. It was a great pity, but the
Bell-wether, or leader of Bo-peep's flock was very wild
and much given to wander through brake and briar, and
far off into the wood, where of course the rest of the Sheep
would follow him.
Finding little Bo-peep asleep, the naughty fellow began to
dance madly. He commenced by standing on his hind legs
and making a great bow to his shadow before him on the
grass. After which he whirled himself round and round like
a top, shaking his head all the time, and ringing his bell!
Very soon the rest of the flock began to dance and caper
likewise. And when they had for a time wheeled and circled
round their leader, they ran off after him with a bound into
the wood. Away, away they went, through hedge and ditch,
and over green meadow, till quite tired out, then they came
to a stand still, staring at their leader with very solemn faces.
But the Bell-wether looked very stupid now, and did nothing
but shake his head slowly and ring his bell, which seemed
to say quite clearly, "you are lost, you are lost!"
Night was coming on too, and they were in that part of
the wood were Puck and his fellow Elves sported in the
moonbeams. They laid themselves down on the grass to
sleep. But soon that lover of mischief, Puck, came to
plague them. When he saw them going to sleep he ran
from one to the other, tickling their ears with his willow
wand till they
awoke. Then he
jumped on the
back of the stupid
beat him till he
raced round and -
round in a circle,
while he sat on" ',
his back like a'
all the time and
blowing his trum-
pet made of a
When little Bo-peep awoke she found her Sheep gone,
where she could not tell. Hardly knowing what she did,
or which way she was going, she went towards the wood.
She walked on and on, far into the wood. It was getting
late too, the sun had gone down, still there was no sign of
the lost Sheep. Presently she met some people, they had
hoes and rakes in their hands, and looked like honest working
men, so she was not afraid to speak to them. She asked
them whether they had seen her Sheep. One of the
countryman laughed and said
he had seen some Sheep, but
he could neither tell where or
when he had seen them, he
could only say he had seen
some Sheep;" another took
off his cap and scratched his
head, and said he did'nt know,
that he might have seen some
Sheep, but he did'nt know,
the Sheep might have gone
down the dark lane for
anything he knew; while a
third only stared stupidly at her.
It was clear she could learn
nothing from them, and she went
on her way with the tears start-
ing from her eyes. Again she'
met a countryman, and again she
asked whether he had seen her
lost Sheep. This fellow was not
only stupid, but surly and cross.
Hlie said she was a very naughty
girl not to watch her Sheep bet-
ter, and that if she was a girl of
his he know how he would serve
/ her. She ought to be sent to bed
for a month and fed on bread and
water, he said; that would cure
her of going to sleep when she
ought to keep awake, but he
^''"r would give her a lesson she would
not forget; with this he raised
his stick to strike her, as he said,
for asking him questions. Poor
Bo-peep ran away in great alarm.
A- She had not gone very far when
she came to a stile, seated on
which was an old Raven, who
looked so very wise that little
Bo-peep asked it whether it had
seen her flock of Sheep, but the bird only nodded its head,
and cried Caw, caw, caw. Oh, good, dear Raven," said
Bo-peep, do tell me plainly, for the night is coming on, and
where shall I get shelter if I do not find my Sheep in time to
get home before dark.
"Across the fields, my little maiden," croaked the bird;
"across the fields." So across the fields went poor little
Bo-peep, but no Sheep could she see; she wandered on
till it was nightfall, where could she rest? where find food?
for she was weary and faint with hunger. How great was
her joy when she saw before her a light! As she went
towards it, she saw that it shone from a cottage window; but
when she came to the door, there was something so black
about the place, that she was afraid to knock. The cottage was
long, with a low dark roof, and perched on it was the black
Raven that had sent her "across the fields." Hungry and
weary as she was, she dared not seek shelter in such a place,
and she was about to run away, when the door opened, and
a most disagreeable-looking old woman came out, asking her
in a cracked, harsh voice what she wanted. Before Bo-peep
could reply, the old woman hobbled forward, and clutching
her by the arm, dragged her into the cottage. She made
sign to her to take a seat by the fire. The room was filleJ
with smoke from burning wood, and it was some time before
Bo-peep could see clearly. When she did so, her fears were
not calmed by the sight of a fat, ugly-looking youth; who was
blowing the burning log with his mouth. He had a large
round face, and red hair, which stuck through a hole in his
cap like a bunch of copper wire. Turning round and
casting his grey eyes on Bo-peep, he asked, "Mother, whom
hast thou brought?" "I have brought a pretty damsel to
help thee to bake the cakes, and to be thy Wife !" the old
woman answered, grinning in Bo-peep's face. The poor
Shepherdess was too much frightened to eat, and every time
the horrid pair looked at her, she felt her heart knock against
her breast as though it would burst. The ugly son was
seated by her- side, and asked when she would be his wife.
Poor Bo-peep thought only of the way to escape from
these naughty people. The old woman, who was crouched
down in a dark corner, seemed to guess what was passing
in her mind, and watched her attentively. So they sat
for some time-oh, what a long time it seemed to poor little
Bo-peep! Then the son stretched himself on the ground
and fell asleep, snoring loudly. The old woman, too, had
drawn her hood over her head and slept likewise. Bo-peep
jumped up and ran to the door, but, alas! in lifting the
latch, she made a slight noise, and, before she could get
through the door, the old woman had caught her by her
hair, and began to beat her with a stick. The cruel old
woman and her son then bound her to a tree outside
the cottage, and told her she must remain there till the
morning. The little Shepherdess now gave herself up for
lost, and she began to cry. But after some time she heard
a strange noise in the tree over her head. Tu-whit-
tu-whoo!" Looking up she saw an
Owl, which, when it saw her face, f \
began flapping its wings as if in joy. .
GOreat was her surprise when the ( \
Owl came down from the branches .,
and began pecking with its strong a
beak at the cord, which, after some j
time, it cut quite through. And so
Bo-peep found herself free again. .'
The Owl then flew along before her,
looking back every instant as if to > I-
see that she was following.
Bo-peep had been too much fright.
ened and ill-used not to follow any' -
one who seemed disposed to be)
friendly, she did not dare to look back until she had gone
some distance, when, entering a small wood, where she could
see and not be seen, she looked towards the old woman's cot-
tage, and saw the youth go towards the tree to which they
had bound her; he looked very valiant, as if he thought he had
caught a prize at last, but, when he came near the tree, and
saw that little Bo-peep had made her escape, he began to cry
like a great baby. He made such a great noise that he dis-
turbed a hive of Bees, who came buzzing round, and seeing in
him an enemy who often teased them, they took the opportu-
nity when he was off his guard, to have their revenge by
tickling his face and ears with their stings, so as to make him
,dance and scream; he tried to drive them away, but this only
made them sting him the more;
he- had earned this punishment
by his naughty tricks, for peo-
ple cannot do wicked aets
without bringing on themselves
shame and very often pain. Bo-
peep thought this as she went
on, keeping as close as she could
to, the Owl. When they had
"- gone some distance, the Owl
stopped before a cottage, but
not like the one where the old
woman lived. The door was
-bi open; upon the table were some
nice grapes, white bread and a
flask of red wine. The Owl
- took its station at the head of
-. the table, and nodded to Bo-
, f peep to take her seat on a stool
til. by its side. How great was
Bo-peep's wonder when the
S., Owl began to talk, and told
Usher this story.
Know, dear maiden, that I
am the daughter of a King, and
S.was once a lovely Princess.
SOne day, having strayed away
from my servants, I lost myself
,$. I I I I
old woman, from whom I have just set you free. She beat
me, forced me to toil, and wanted me to marry her son. I
would not; and the old woman, out of revenge, changed me
into an Owl. But I have heard the Fairies who dwell in this
wood say, that one day a lovely maiden, who would come into
this wood in search of her lost Sheep, should be the means of
my gaining my own form again! You are that pretty maid,
and I will tell you how.it will happen. I will take you to a
spot, a short distance from here, where you will find your
Sheep, but every one without a tail. The Elves and tiny
spirits will disport with them for this night, yet in the morning
-every sheep will have its tail again, all except the stupid Bell-
wether. His tail you will find hid by Puck in a tree. If you
will wave this tail three times over my head in. the moon-
beams, I shall resume my shape again, and I will reward you,
for my father is a King, as I have told you."
Bo-peep could not answer for surprise; and, the Owl
flying off, she followed again into the wood. After a time
they came to a large, bare place, around which was a circle
of trees. On one of the trees the Owl perched itself, and Bo-
peep seated herself down on a bank covered with wild thyme
and roses. Bo-peep could see nothing on the grass but
the shadows of the trees in the moonbeams. The Owl
said, Sleep, maiden, you will know the rest before morning.
I will watch."
How long Bo-peep was asleep she could not tell, but
suddenly she saw the charmed spot lit up by all sorts of
lights-the glowworms among the rest.
Seated on a piece of raised ground was a most beautiful
Fairy with bright butterfly-wings, and a dress that shone
brightly with stars; around her were many attendant Fairies;
presently one stepped forward, and, going down on his knees,
said, "Most Gracious Queen, certain stray Sheep having
entered your fairy domain, on inquiry we find that they have
wickedly strayed from their
good mistress, little Bo-peep,
and as she is one of the very
best of Shepherdesses we
hope that you will permit
your Fairies to punish them
in such a way as they may
deserve. Then the Queen
ordered her Herald to pro-
claim to her people that,
amongst their other sports
for the evening, they were
to cut off the tail of each of -
the Sheep, to tickle their ears
and tease them in such a way
as their naughty conduct de-
served (for if sheep do naughty
acts they must be punished, the
same as little boys and girls.)
/ The Herald had no sooner read
the Queen's message, than their
-^ Then her flock of Sheep came
trooping into the place, and on
every Sheep there was an Elf, who held in his hand a Sheep's
tail! Puck was sitting astride the Bell-wether, with its tail
in one hand and in the other a willow wand; two Elves with
bulrushes, which they used like lances, were running full tilt
at each other! When they came close the Sheep butted against
each other's heads, while the Elves plunged the pointed ends of
their lances into the poor Sheep's
ears, which caused them to fight
with greater fury. Then the
Elves began to chase each other
round the circle, urging the Sheep ,
into the greatest speed by beat-
ing them with their own tails! ,
One tiny little fellow was attack- -
ing two long-legged storks, one __.
of which looked as if he would ,.
like to have a bite of the little
man's nose, this the little Fairy did not seem to care
about, and boldly defended himself with a long bulrush. Now
a group of these little creatures were dancing on some
leaves, they capered about so as to
shake down some dew and a funny
\little Fairy, pretending it was a
shower of rain, pulled up a mush-
room which he held over his head as
an Umbrella. A regiment of the
tiny Spirits were fighting a large
4 snail, a party were playing football
with a large dew-drop! Some were
blowing trumpets made of rose petals,
while others were drinking dew out
- '- -
of acorn-cups, one little Fairy
kept running about shaking
the leaves and catching the
dew-drops in his mouth, and
great numbers were busy
making helmets and girdles
for themselves out of the
petals of flowers. One very
merry looking little Fairy,
with a gay feather in his hat
and a long blade of grass in
his hand which he held like
a sceptre, sat on the back of
a frog, now looking very
grand, as if he thought him-
self a very great Fairy; when
he had made his frog caper \
and jump three times round \\
the Fairy ring, he began
"Little Bo-peep she lost her sheep,
And did'nt know where to find them,
Let them alone, they'll follow you home.
And bring their tails behind them." '
When he had sung this .'
over several times, a beau-
tiful creature with a Star on her forehead, appeared in the
circle. She waved her hand thrice. As she did so, the mad
sport ceased, every Elf, with one quick motion of his tiny
hand, restored the tail to each Sheep. Bo-peep watched Puck
closely, and saw him put the Bell-wether's tail in a hole in an
old tree just as the Owl had said.
Shortly after, every Fairy and Elf had gone; and, when
she started up from the couch, she saw nothing but her lost
Sheep, all of them being asleep in the moonbeams. Bo-peep
thought she had been dreaming, when, looking up, she saw
the Owl flapping its wings, as if anxious that she should
perform what it had asked of her. Bo-peep went up to the
tree where Puck had left the tail, and lo there it was. The
Owl flapped its wings with great glee as it saw the tail in
Then it flew down to her
'. feet, when Bo-peep, waving the
tail three times over its head,
up started the most charming
lady and the sweetest Princess
she had ever seen.
The Princess promised that
as Bo-peep had delivered her
S from the power of the old
woman, she would have a
s beautiful cottage built for her,
-' and that she would be her
friend for the remainder of her
life, for those who do good should always be rewarded.
Bo-peep found all her Sheep, and except the stupid Bell-
wether, each had its tail behind it. They all followed her
home in the most obedient manner, and never after strayed in
the woods without the consent of their mistress; they found
it much more comfortable to stay at home and sleep in the
nice warm shed that had been made for them, than to run
away without leave, and so find themselves in a strange place,
where no one cared for them. They never forgot the lesson
the Fairies had taught them, that it was very wrong to annoy
so kind and good a mistress as little Bo-peep.
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