Childhood's playtime

Material Information

Childhood's playtime
Series Title:
Aunt Louisa's London toy books
Petherick, Horace ( Illustrator )
Frederick Warne and Co ( Publisher )
Scribner, Welford & Armstrong ( Publisher )
Place of Publication:
New York
Frederick Warne & Co.
Scribner, Welford & Armstrong
Publication Date:
Physical Description:
[20] p. : ;


Subjects / Keywords:
Children's poetry -- 1880
Publishers' advertisements -- 1880 ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1880
Children's poetry
Publishers' advertisements ( rbgenr )
poetry ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage:
England -- London
United States -- New York -- New York
Target Audience:
juvenile ( marctarget )


General Note:
Cover title.
General Note:
Includes publisher's advertisement.
Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
Statement of Responsibility:
from coloured designs by H.W. Petherick.

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
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Resource Identifier:
027460301 ( ALEPH )
26074492 ( OCLC )
AJE6145 ( NOTIS )

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CHILDHOOD'S PLAYTIME.>SWEET little Indian children,V With soft and grave dark eyes,Listen to English Marian,With pleasure and surprise.She tells the tale Mamma has toldOf Ergland-far away-Where on the daisy-sprinkled grassThe happy children play;And how when icy winter comes,And winds blow fierce and cold,The glittering snow wraps all-the fieldsAnd trees within its fold.How all the busy, prattling streamsAre turned to ice, "like glass,"O'er which, on shoes of sharpened steel,The merry skaters pass.Her playmates say, "It must be sad!We like the sunshine best;We do not wish to sail awayTo that cold far-off West."We are content with that we have."Then English Harry smiled;"You re, right," he said; "each land should beThe dearest to its child."(1)The Baldwin Library oUnivenir

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CONTINENTAL CHILDREN.Here are pretty little childrenFrom the lands beyond the sea,And they all look very happy,As, indeed, they ought to be.Some have their dear homes in Norway,Where in winter falls the snow;Some in Sweden, where by great lakesMighty pine and larch woods grow.Some in fair Italian valleysSee the orange-trees in flower,And delight to watch the firefliesDancing round the myrtle bower.German boys and girls, rejoicing,Play-their daily duties done,-For by work both good and earnest,Time for sport and rest is won.Russian children-pretty darlings-Warmly wrapt up from the cold;Little Swiss girl from the mountains,Where she left her sheep in fold.And our graceful little neighbour,Dear Jeannette, her fan displays:Little French girls love to mimicGrown-up ladies' pretty ways.(2)

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THE CHILDREN OF GREAT BRITAINAND IRELAND.The Irish boy sits by the stream,And thinks perhaps he'll catch a bream;We may expect some minnows smallSoon victims to his skill will fall.But even if no fish should bite,The boy will find a great delightIn sitting by the bubbling rill,In the warm summer noontide still.Listening to the wild bird's song,The leafy elm-tree boughs among.His sister Norah soon will bring(As she has promised) to the springA can of milk so fresh and sweet-There cannot be a greater treat;And they will have a banquet there,Beside the stream so swift and fair:Even now he hears her coming,A sweet Irish ballad humming.The English boys prefer to floatUpon the stream a tiny boat;They make believe it goes to fightUpon the seas for Britain's right;Or bears across the stormy mainRich merchandise, red gold to gain.White Milly sits to watch it sail,And makes a pretty little tale,In her young fancy, of the lands,With diamond mines and golden sands,To which her merchant brothers trade,Of storms and shipwrecks not afraid.Norman, who's older, plays at ball,-He does not care for boats at all;(3)


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The C/iIdren of Great Britain and Ireland.He likes a game of greater skill-Than play that pleases Hal and Will;But all are happy; summer brightIs to the little ones delight.The waving trees, the trickling rill,The grass so green, the air so still,The birds' sweet song, the busy beeBooming along the flowery lea;The sounds of Nature's time of joyMake happy every girl and boy.Feather in cap and whip in handWe see the Highland laddie stand,While Jamie holds the pony's rein,That soon will scamper o'er the plain,Proud to carry his young master,Glad to gallop fast and faster.These boys really love each otherAs if each had been a brother;Brought up amongst the grand old hills,Amidst pine-woods, by mountain rills;They love each other, and their homeToo dearly to desire to roam;But in these days of railway trains,Nobody long at home remains;And they have left the hills together-The bonny hills of Highland heather-For English pastures rich and green,Where not a hill is to be seen;But English boys and girls are kind,And soon the little Scotch lads findThey may be happy if they will,In lands that scarcely boast a hill.(4)

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CANADIAN AND AMERICAN CHILDREN.Where great Niagara's waters fall,The little English child,Speaks to the gentle Indian girlIn accents soft and mild."And take," she said, 'dear 'Laughing Water,"'-That was the red girl's name-"This Book, which tells the wondrous storyOf how the Saviour came."Jesus, the Son of God most holy,Who loves both you and me,And wishes that all little childrenGod's own dear ones may be.""Oh, I am glad," said 'Laughing Water,'"For in it I shall seeHow to be like the English childrenWho come across the sea."America's young son stands near them,He hears her words with joy;He, too, has giv'n the Holy VolumeTo his free Negro boy.The Mexican in gaudy raiment,Listens and learns the truth;Thus the glad tidings of SalvationAre spread by tender youth.(5)

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*&- P fztAUSTRALIAN CHILDREN.On the green plains of AustraliaThese little children play,They have forgotten long agoThe poor home far away;Where no fresh breezes cooled their brows,Where wild flowers there were none;And where, upon the narrow streets,The pale sun scarcely shone;Where sometimes they with hunger pined,And sometimes shook with cold;And where, their garments were in rags,They were so very old.Now there is bread and meat for all,And blue sky overhead;And on their father's meadow-landThe milk-white lambs are fed.Jane rides old Dobbin from the field,As happy as a queen;And Nellie binds up lovely flowersWith strings of creepers green.Their life is like a summer day,As childhood's life should be;But when the playtime's past and gone,Good workers they will be.(6)

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