Little dignity


Material Information

Little dignity : pictures & rhymes of olden times
Series Title:
Dr. Robert L. Egolf Collection.
Physical Description:
64 p. : col. ill. ; 25 cm.
Gerson, Virginia ( Author, Primary )
George Routledge and Sons ( Publisher )
Wemple & Company ( Engraver )
Egolf, Robert ( donor )
George Routledge & Sons
Place of Publication:
New York
Wemple & Company
Publication Date:


Subjects / Keywords:
Children's poetry   ( lcsh )
Children -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Conduct of life -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Children's poetry -- 1881   ( lcsh )
Baldwin -- 1881
Children's poetry   ( lcsh )
poetry   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- New York -- New York


Statement of Responsibility:
by Virginia Gerson ; engraved & printed by Wemple & Co.
Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).

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
Rights Management:
All rights reserved, Board of Trustees of the University of Florida.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 002223472
notis - ALG3721
oclc - 07016027
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To my six little friends
Mamie, Annie, and Helen,
Fannie, Freddie, and
I affectionately dedicate



7his ij a Yo/.)j Little 7'afanese Giger r.. 3
Come D.ars, Come over Here, Do.' I
This :. Little Dignat.. 2
llabe/ se':t a Crrier D 'e. .13
Roikawa.', RockawaY, 4
Little Prinet. Iou anid I, .15
.lfargie Clmbed u to e Hill Top. 16
It is \ot Right, 17
4And Here- Vou See, .
.Ifaudie and I. 19
Shall I Tel' a Funny Story? 20
Pictures and Rhymen of Olden Times, 21
. laster Harry Horath 22
"What is Little Baby Ding 23
S Heigh Ho.' Away We Go, 24 2
Upon Her Little Elbows bent Little Lill Lee. 26
Of What are You Thinking 27
Pleasance is Painting a Picture. 28
See the Fruit Falling, 29
Silvia Wlias Reading to 30
The Story. 3. 31. 32. 33
Here I am Left :n this Ugly Whee,-Barro, 34
Oh .' Deaty .e, 35




SOver Our Heads, 36
T;,'i; aY,' T:',' Lille Girls in a Towe 37
Pt. Ll/.t B.ittf, 38
lhis Pi luir ii fSiit:r Grace, 39
Th,, Tt.r .e" Li/tic Ghi.s ient Sit'v/./,'j., 40
Poer Lille .lMar) jould Play wu,: H,, .'. o .1i /, . 41
Thet F"r-c 'oung Friends 42
L:i/i' Lii Gro a Scoing. 43
.-4/rt\es. .4/f ."'s, . 44

S',ie has Br'k.n .tloA,/'s Pitcher. 45
Ri' g's Rings, Ring;. 46
S 'iAnd T'li T Ic'i .. .4
On/r. T:',. lr, 46, 49, 50
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)On". L.i' /-ht 4' The/ wre Sinuing. 52
Larki.'s Gav.e 's Each Some Seed. 53
it', DLear.' W'ho can this 'e? 54
77Tes, Tre' Li!,'' B,'!s were La:j, 55
But .i i' o a Sait 56
S, thi Two L:t.' Daises on this Page, 57
sn:; has F'2;e Hundred ll'ink,'es, 58
Fi,' s Lt'it P-ug Dogs arc .tlinnie's, 59
i hait,'ver G-r.l Big .Aursiy Does, 60
Out in the Garden, 61
Ozr tie Hi/i, 62
Go Aw2ay. .Vaug/,lj Dog 63
od Bye, 64


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"Come, dears, come over here, do,
Come, give a sweet kiss to your mother,
For I've brought some nice candy for you,
And a cake for your dear little brother."
Oh that's just splendidis it not I
Oh, what a good mother we have got."



This is little Dignity
In a velvet gown,
But where are her eyes ?
I see, she is looking down
At two little gray mice,
That on the carpet red
Have got two little grains of rice,
And a nice, crisp crust of bread.

Mabel sent a carrier dove,
With a message full of love;
Little Abby sent another,
And all this love was for their mother.
The white doves never brought it there,
But soon came flying through the air;
"-Oh where have you left the message ?" they cried,
But the white doves only chirped and sighed.

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Rockaway, Rockaway, -.
Rockaway all the day,
What are you doing pray,
Tell me, do I won't you say
Why you sit there all the day.?



Uittle Prindr,- you and:1i

Surely know ~the reason why,

When I 'm sitting in this nook,
You have such a longing look,

IT~ is because you want to bite B I
Something dainty, am I right ?r
Well, I 've got it for you now,
Come and beg for it, L'Bow wow.""

Margie climbed up to the hill-top
To write a little sonnet,
Before she half had finished it
The wind blew off her bonnet.

Margie ran down to the valley
To find her httle bonnet,
So long did she dilly and dally
She quite forgot her sonnet.


" It is not right
For boys to fight,
Now Fred and Ned be still !"
"Cried sister May
One summer's day
A-standing on the hill.


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And here you see
United three:
How nice to have a sister!
Those little boys
Have stopped their noise,
And hugged and hugged and kissed her.


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Maudie and I,
Do swing so high,
We go right straight over the wall, oh!
We are having such fun,
We will never be done,
Unless we should happen to fall, oh!


Shall I tell a funny story
Through the telephone to you!
Oh yes, dear Charley, do,
A nice one that is true."



Pictures and rhymes of olden times.
Of girls and boys and games and toys,
Of dogs and cats and big "poke" hats,
And quaint white frocks and great old clocks,
Of jumps and falls and bumps and squalls,
And Kitty and dolly and everything jolly.

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Master Harry Horathy And pretty Mistress Dorothy
Calls on Mistress Dorothy Welcomes Master Horathy
Six times every week. With curt'sy low and meek.


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What is little baby doing What is darling mamma doing
On the floor alone ? With her smile so winning ?
Tt 's a secret, but I '11 tell you, It's a secret, but I 'I tell you,
Playing with a stone. Mamma dear is spinning.

What are they together doing,
Baby dear and mother ?

It's a secret, but I '11 tell you,
On the floor alone ? With her smile so winning er.

"It2s a secret, but 1.) tell you,


Heigh ho! away we go !
Not too fast and not too slow,
Over the ice and over the snow I

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Upon her little elbows,
Leant little Lilly Lee:
She was thinking of her brothers-
One, two, three,
Who in a big, big ship,
Were out upon the sea.
Oh! when, thought little Lilly,
Will they come back to me ?



Jacinthia Black? Jacinthia Black ? "
" Of what am I thinking? Why, Jack is my brother,
I'm thinking of Jack. Alack I! alack! ,
And why say alack,
Jacinthia Black ?
Because Jack is gone,
And may never come back."
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I'm sitting as still as can be;
I wonder whose picture she's painting.?
I'd like to go over and see.
Now whom do you think she is painting,
It's either my doggy or me,
I don't know, which one it is certain,
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Pleasance is painting a picture,

're both justting as still as can be.

I wonder whose picture she's painting?
rd like to go over and see.
Now whom do you think she is painting,
It's either my doggy or me,
I dont know, which one it is certain,
W're both just as still as can be.


See the fruit falling,
Mamma is calling,
Hurry or else we wont get it.
Would such a big pear,
Stay up in the air,
If Tommy and Charlie would let it ?

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Silvia was reading to
Her little sister Teddy,
And if you want, I 'U tell you,
Just as soon as you are ready,
Of the story Teddy heard :

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Sister Mercy
Met brother Percy
On the road
To Tarry-Town.


Said brother Percy:
Good morning, sister !
Tell me pray,
Where are you going
This fine day? "
Said sister Mercy:
Good morning, brother
Without a doubt,
For something nice
I 'm going out.


Then Mercy did
Her brother invite-
To go with her-
Which was quite right.

Together they went
The goodies to buy,
And so to you,
They say Good-bye."


"Here I am left in this ugly wheel-barrow
Oh, why did they put me in here ?
There's nobody left, but a little cock-sparrow,
I'm very unhappy! oh dear "




Oh! deary me!
What do Isev ?
The bravest deed y-t known I
You little thing,
To try and swing
All by yourself alone!


Over our heads Over our heads
And under our toes, And under our toes,
That's the way When we will stop
Our hoople goes. Nobody knows.


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Pretty little butterfly,
Which is happier, you or I ?
In this golden summer weather,
Let us both be glad together.


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I-' This picture is ol Sivter G .
SDid you ever se a prettier lace ?
S he sits upon i high backed chair,
In curls and coils she %ears her hair.
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These three little girls went strolling,
One pleasant Autumn day,
To pick some nice sun flowers,
Among the new mown hay.

And plucking them and tying them,
And singing a sweet lay,
They passed a pleasant hour,
And made a great nosegay.



Poor little Mary could play with her dolly no more,
S'Cause they said, she was getting too old,
But her poor little heart grew very, very sore,
And her poor little blood ran cold.



These five young friends
Met at afternoon tea,
And a right merry time,
They are having you see.


Little Lil got a scolding,
For being bad to-day,
And Will is here consoling:
" Lil dear," said he, "let's play.
"Play what ? cried Lil,
" Trot, trot," said Will,
" Upon my fiery bay. "
" Oh yes," cried Lil,
" I guess laughed Will,
" We'll frighten the mice away."


Apples, Apples,
Red and green,
The sweetest that
Were ever seen,

Apples, Apples,
Bright and gay,
You may have some \
Every day.

Apples, Apples,
Great and small,
There'll be enough
For one and all.


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Now you see her sister's sorry,
Mother's coming down tt : lane,
"Oh Dot, are you not sorry too "
"Yes, I'll not be bad again."



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Somebody told me, Is it the truth ?
Dolly would grow, I'm gong to try it!
If I would learn Then if it isn't,
To hold her so. I mean to deny it.


Rings, rings, rings,
The little girl sings,
And the little bird flaps his wings, wings, wings.


Over on the hill,
When you're standing near the mill,
You can hear the village bell, when it rings, rings, rings.





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Nanny and Fanny, They say ess for yes,
My two little pets, And for please say "pease,"
Every morning I take for a walk, Just think of it, is it not queer,
And you never beard anything funnier That when we were as little as they are,
Than the way those little girls talk We all talked like they do, my dear.


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One day while they were singing,
The clock struck one,
And from under a cloud
Out came the sun!
As the sun came out,
And the cloud rolled away,
Up jumped the two children,
And oh my !" cried they.
See the sun is shining,
T'will be a nice fine day,
So we're.going in the garden,
To have a jolly play.,,



Larkins gave us each some seed,
And each a great red pot;
Water and air is all they- need,
And sun, when not too hot.
After we have planted them,
And stood them in a row,
We'll daily come and sprinkle them:
They're poppy seeds, you know.
Now we've planted all our seeds,
And they are all just so;
If they are kept quite free from weeds,
Will great big papas grow ?




Oh dear! who can thisbe,
Dressed all up so gay?
A& Why, 'tis Elsie's sister,
Pretty Mistress May.
She wears a nice pink feather
In her hat so new:
I must add, when the weather
Will permit her to.


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These three little boys were lazy,
And as soon as the weather got hazy,
They put down their books,
And took up their hooks,
And went fishing with Lilly and Daisy.
Naughty boys !



But all of a sudden,
With a terrible scream,
Over -fell Johnny into the stream,
Oh, dear!

He was out in a minute,
Why didn't he cry?
'Cause he lay in the sunlight,
Awaiting to dry.
Oh, my I

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See the two little daisies on this page,
Well, if you turn uovr you'll see an old sage:



She has five hundred wrinkles,
And is of great age.

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These little pug dogs are Minnie's
(And Minnie is a very glad girl);
They rise with the lark,
And whenever they bark,
Their little brown tailies curl.

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Whatever great big Nursey does,
That must Nelly do;
Nursey has a baby girl,
So Nelly has one too;
Nurs6y has a dozen caps,
While Nelly has but few-
And all that I have told to you
Is really quite, quite true.

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Out in the garden,
WVhere the grass grows green,
And all the pretty flowers
Are to be seen-
There is where the children
With their goat do play-
It 's a very pretty picture
For a sunny summer day.


Over the hills
So far away,
My Dickie bird
Has flown to-day.
"Oh! will he ne'er
Come back to me ?"
In sad despair
Cried Dorothy.



Go away, naughty dog,
Go away, naughty dog!
Don't stand there a barking at me!
"I have a nice bone for you doggie,"
Oh, do stop! oh, don't frighten me!


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