Two teaparties

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Two teaparties
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Two tea parties
Vanderwater, Rosalie
De Meza, Wilson ( Illustrator )
Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co ( Publisher )
Donaldson Brothers (Firm) ( Lithographer )
Place of Publication:
New York ;
London & ;
Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co.
Publication Date:
Physical Description:
[59] p. : ill. (some. col.) ; 25 cm.


Subjects / Keywords:
Children's parties -- Juvenile poetry ( lcsh )
Brothers and sisters -- Juvenile poetry ( lcsh )
Friendship -- Juvenile poetry ( lcsh )
Play -- Juvenile poetry ( lcsh )
Children's poetry, American ( lcsh )
Picture books for children ( lcsh )
Children's poetry -- 1882 ( lcsh )
Bldn -- 1882
Children's poetry ( lcsh )
poetry ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- New York -- New York
England -- London
France -- Paris
Target Audience:
juvenile ( marctarget )


General Note:
Title page, covers, and plates printed in colors, and text printed in color within an elaborate border.
General Note:
From verso of t.p: Donaldson Brothers, Lithographers, New York.
Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
Statement of Responsibility:
by Rosalie Vanderwater ; with illustrations by Wilson De Meza.

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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:
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16125684 ( OCLC )


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"LET'S have a tea-party,"
Said little Miss May;
"A tea-drink we'll call it,
As old ladies say.

"We'll invite all the neighbors-
The children, I mean--
And we'll have our tea-party
Out on the green.

But, no, that won't do.
You see I forget
That Summer is coming,
And hasn't come yet.

"We can 'bring in the Spring,'
I've heard manmrna say,
If. we'll do ev'ry thing
" ,- In a beautiful way.

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"So we'll fill some soup plates
SWith mosses and berries,
2 And the berries will be
/ IA/ s scarlet as cherries.

S /k "We'll pick ev'ry crocus-
--7- !White, yellow, and blue-
/ The sweet-scented violets,
We'll have all of these, too.

Now listen, you boys,
And dear, tiny Bess,
And I'll tell you all how
It will be a success.

You-Fred, Jack, and Harry-
You three must be grave,
And act like young men
Who know how to behave.
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< . "And, Bess, you and I
"" Will manage affairs,
And take on ourselves
The heaviest cares.

We'll search all the house
For something to wear.
Mamma is so pleasant,
I know she won't care.

"Perhaps she will say,
Things are turned upside down;
But she'll laugh all the same
When she sees that old gown

" Brought down from the garret,
And fitted .to me;
And she'll laugh more than once
At another she'll see.

" I suppose she will say.
It's a faded out blue;
But really I think, Bess,
'Twould be pretty for you.

"Oh, we'll -go to her bureau,
And rummage around,
To see what old laces
And bows can be found.

"Whatever we find
We'll play it's the best
In which you and I
Have ever been dress'd.


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"There is Susie Carew,
And Hattie Bell Creddy ;-
We must rig them both out,
And get them all ready.

"For they haven't fine things,
SAnd don't know how to fuss;
So they can't be dressed up
Without help from us.

"But they're pretty and good,
And I tell you they'll shine,
When they get on some trinkets
And dresses of mine.

"We'll play that our dresses
Are both made of silk,
As we play we drink tea,
When we have only milk.

And that makes me think
Of Rhoda's great pans,
Full of milk that's not like
That in milkmen's tin cans.

She's saving it all,
And the pitchers she'll fill
Again and again,--
She's so full of good will.

"And she is so kind, '
I know she will make '
Her feathery puffs, .-
And mountains of cake \ '

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"WVe'll ask a few grown folks,-
For grown folks, you see,
Are sometimes as funny
As funny can be.

"I'll write a note now
To Dr. McGee,
Perhaps he will laugh
At the party and me.

"Now here is my card-
Hardly fit to be seen-
"But the Dr. Will know
It's just what I mean:

"' I send you this note,
Dear Dr. McGee;
Will you come to my house,
Thursday night, to take tea ?'"

"The doctor replied
That he'd surely be there,
SLet the w weather be foul,
Or let it be fair,-"

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"Oh, I knew he would come,"
Said little Miss May,
"For he don't get a note
Like mine ev'ry day."

Then Rhoda, the cook,
Made a pan full of kisses
For about thirty boys,
And as many more Misses.

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And she said in her heart, "And the tongue I have boiled.
"These kisses and cake And the beef I have prest,
Are just such as I, How could they be better,
And no other, can make. When they are the best?"

The party was over,
The house was all still,
But little May's tongue
Went like a wind-mill.

"My company 's gone,
How I wish they would atav,
And never once think
Of going away.

"Why, there never has been,
And never can be,
A party like mine-
But, Rhoda, I see
You're laughing at me.

Oh, wasn't it fun
To see Dr. McGee,
When he gave me his arm,
As we walked out to tea!


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" He said: May I ask-
But don't think me bold-
If your beautiful dress
Is the hue of old gold?'

"I told him it was.
And he said, with a smile,
'No mortal can tell
What'll be the next style.'

"The next party we'll have
On the green, in the air,
And I hope Dr. McGee
Will be sure to be there."

"THE birds are all singing
A how-do-you-do,
And everything seems
So fresh and so new.

"I'm just boiling over,
The whole blessed day,
And Rhoda is asking:
'What ails you, Miss May ?'

nd I hear, in the air.

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"" .'otnd., like .,weet b'l!k all ringing.


1 dance on one foot.
Then dance on the other
And the next thing I know
/ I'm kissing my brother.

i "He throws me a kiss,
As he calls me a child,
S And says that the summer
Is making me wild.

/ Oh, I am so glad,
I wish I could fly,
Just for a few minutes
Away up to the sky.

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"But I couldn't stay there,
I'd have to come down,
To go to the garret,
To hunt up a gown,,

"Not one of old gold,
That Dr. McGee
Called 'a beautiful dress,'
As we walked out to tea.

"But another I've seen,
Among mamma's old clothes;
A dress that's all silk,
And as pink as a rose.

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"It's rather large round, "But f know how to fuss,
And as long as a mile ; And I'll take in the waist
And of course I can see And hx it all up,
That it's rather old style. To suit my own taste.

"r( And I shall look fine,
From my head to my toes;
"But I hate to see people

Take pride in their clothes.

" That dress will be di .,,
Along on the ground,
' And I shall be bothered
If I try to move round.

S"So I'll just slip it on,
To show the fine color;
And then I'll run in,
"And put on another.

S"That lovely tea-drink,
Dick, is coming off soon,
On the lawn near the house,
In this green month of June."

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Then little Miss May,
Like a woman of age,
Gave her brother advice,
As wise as a sage :

I suppose, Dick," she said,
"You'll be dressed in your best,
in your prettiest tie,
And your handsomest vest.

"You must pass 'round the berries,
And the pitchers of cream;
- But don't move like an engine
That is going by steam."

"Oh, May, don't you worry
Your dear curly head.
Your brother will see
That your company's fed.

"There's one thing I know
You'll say : 'I declare,
A fellow like Dick,
Nobody can spare.' "

S"Oh, I think it's high time
I began to invite,
All my friends, here and there-
I'll begin now to-night."

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Then down in a corner
Sat little Miss May,
To make out her list,
And think what to say.

"To grandma, I'll send
My sweetest request,
"That she'll be on the green,
All dressed in her best.

"This pink-tinted card,
I put on your table,
Dear grandma, to say
That I hope you'll be able

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" To show your sweet face,
And your beautiful curls,
To all of my friends-
The boys and the girls.

"When you read this, dear grandma,
Don't tell me, I pray,
That you must be excused,
Your so old and so gray.

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"Your chair will be there, I've read this card over,
And waiting for you And think it's all right;
So I tell you at once, So I'll send it up-stairs,
Your excuses won't do, Dick, to grandma to-night.

"I'll write but one more,
To Dr. McGee-
The last one to-night,
For I'm sleepy, you see.

"- The berries are ripe,
The flowers are blowing;
I think, Dr. McGee,
Its really done snowing.
", Our second tea-party
We'll have under the trees,
On a carpet of grass,
And with a fine breeze.

S.Next Thursday's the time;
Now don't you forget,
And be out of town,
The day we have set.

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Please take this to-morrow,
Dick; be sure not to stay,
SLeave the card at the door,
( 'i Y And then come away. "

"That thing will I do,
As soon as it's light,"
Said Dick; "and your answer
You'll get before night."

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"Dear little Miss May,"

Wrote Dr. McGee-

"Your great party-day

I hope I may see.

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"Your rosy pink card
Has given me joy;
I thought to myself,
I once was a boy.

"I once was a boy?
Is that what I say ?
Why, I've never grown old,
1 think, since that day.

"When the time you have fixed
For your party, is here,
You'll find me in town,
You need have no fear.

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" And when the day comes,
I hope that the skies
Will be fair as your face,
And as blue as your eyes.

"May no rude wind blow,
And no rain come down
To wet the green grass,
Or your beautiful gown.

"This cream-colored rose,
I send as a token, /<

That winter's backbone
SIs now fairly broken."

The days slipped away-
One day, then another;
"And one morning Miss May
Heard the voice of her brother:

"\ "Leave that bed, curly-head,
"y Raise your curtains, and peep
Up into the sky;
Don't lie there and sleep.

"It's Thursday, I say-
The first Thursday in June-
And you know what that means,
So don't lie there till noon.

I've been up since the dawn,
And made grandma's bower;
And to lighten your cares,
I've picked every flower.

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"There's no end to the leaves,
We shall want for her chair;
But won't it be fun
To see how she'll stare.

"The back and the arms,
We'll make all of green."
Said May, "with bright buds,
Here and there to be seen.

"And we'll set it inside
The greenest of bowers;
And her table we'll cover
All over with flowers."



It was four by the clock,
And out on the green,
S| Played the merriest folks
That ever were seen.

And all knew by the light She sat in her chair,
Of grandma's brown eyes, Looking out of her bower,
That she couldn't find words And watching the fun
For her joyful surprise. From hour to hour.

Who is young, who is old,"
She said; I can't see--
If any one knows,
Do tell it to me.

Why, that Dr. McGee
"Has really gone wild,
" ~Not one of you all
f Act so like a child."

Then grandma grew nervous
In watching the man,
And said, Oh, do save him,
If any one can !


"Oh, as sure as I live,
That man will be dead,
If he happens to fall-
And he will-on his head.

He's high up in that tree,
And he spins round and round;
Well, there he is now,
All safe on the ground.

"There now, by his looks.
I see he is ready
( To give us a talk,
And then he'll be steady."

"Dear grandma," he said,
Looking down on her chair,
"I thank you for all
4 Your grand-motherly care.

"Should it b-----_
"Should it be my sad lot
To die of Pure fun,
Your duty, be sure,
We'll ay as well done.


"When count up y friends-
Athe girls and the boy,
reay don'tknow
-- --ow to reckn my js.
"When I Count Up my friends-
"All the girls and the boys,,
I really don't know

" Ev'rv week ot my life,
Each day of the seven,
I say to myself,
This earth is like heaven.

"And if love is so sweet,
In the faces I see:
My dear little friends,
What must heaven be?"

\'\ ell," said Rhoda. I hope
H-e'll not go there just yet,
Since I've made such nice things,
And the table is set."

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"Well, a minute ago,
He was talking so wise,"
Said grandma; "but now,
Do see where he lies,

"And the boys! Oh, you boys!
Do let him alone;
How you're pounding that man!
Do you think he's a stone?"

"Why, grandma, you 'see,
He's been stealing a pail,
And we,-the police-
Must take him to jail."

"Well, there goes your man ;
You'll all give him chase-
Yes; but fast as you'll run,
You'll have a fine race."

Said grandma to herself: "There! he's lost off his hat
"He's sixty or so; In jumping that fence,
But in spite of his years, And I think now he'll stop
Why, just see him go. If he has any sense.

"Well, they're tired at la-t.
"And have ended their fun;
It's time, they must know.
For there goes the sun.

"\ "But the Doctor, I think,
Will have something to say
"That is good for us all,
As we're going away."

"This play-ground is bright,
In the evening sky,"
Said Dr. McGee,
And, I think, with a sigh,

"We've played all our games-
Our frolic is done;
And we all must go home,
"With this day's setting sun.

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" But when winter comes back
With its cold wind and snow,
We can think, little friends,
Of our parties, you know-

Our party in spring,
And our party in June;
When the breezes and birds
With us were in tune.

"So the pleasures we've had,
As you see, will all last;
For we'll have a good time
When we think of the past.

Good-night, girls and boys,
May it one day be told,

That you kept your hearts young,
And never grew old."

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The stars were all shining,
And something came creeping
Over little Miss May,
And soon she was sleeping.

And she said in a dream,
As she floated away
"Good-night, blessed June,
Good-night, blessed day."

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And she thought that an angel
Whispered this in her ear:
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Be loving, my dear.

"Then the skies will be blue,
And crimson and gold;
The months all be June,
And you'll never grow old !"

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