The winter's tale

Material Information

The winter's tale
Series Title:
Little folks Shakspere series
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
Thomson, Peter G ( Peter Gibson ), 1851-1931 ( Publisher )
Place of Publication:
Peter G. Thomson
Publication Date:
Physical Description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 27 cm.


Subjects / Keywords:
Kings and rulers -- Juvenile poetry ( lcsh )
Adultery -- Juvenile poetry ( lcsh )
Husband and wife -- Juvenile poetry ( lcsh )
Shepherds -- Juvenile poetry ( lcsh )
Inheritance and succession -- Juvenile poetry ( lcsh )
Adopted children -- Juvenile poetry ( lcsh )
Courtship -- Juvenile poetry ( lcsh )
Cruelty -- Juvenile poetry ( lcsh )
Publishers' advertisements -- 1882 ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1882
Publishers' advertisements ( rbgenr )
poetry ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Ohio -- Cincinnati
Target Audience:
juvenile ( marctarget )


General Note:
Cover title.
General Note:
Publisher's advertisements on back cover.
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
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Resource Identifier:
027416484 ( ALEPH )
ALK9747 ( NOTIS )
62726148 ( OCLC )

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-. sea ran high, the winter wind
-Wailed o'er a desert, rocky shore,
: Up which a grave and stately man
A little sleeping infant bore.

\- ^, His brow was sad, his eyes were dim;
., iIn truth, he had great cause to grieve,
For he had sworn that hapless babe
Si '"A" lone upon the land to leave.

With no one near the child to watch,
j_ ..-:....A:' s helpless on the earth it lay,
"; E." Exposed to rain, and wind, and snow,
And to the savage beasts of prey.

Its father was a cruel King,
, ^ Who, angry with his blameless wife,
S'A Had sworn that she should surely die,
Nor would he spare her baby's life.

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Y But Lord Antigonus knelt down,
Mercy for tlie poor babe to crave,
And the stern King in anger cried,
S" What wilt you do its life to save!"

"Whatever you command, my king,"
H e answered then, "I gladly swear
"To do or suffer for its sake,
If the poor innocent you'll spare."

then the false Kinge this order spoke:
The hated infant you must bear
To a far-off and desert land,
S And leave it to wild Nature's care.

"Go! bear her hence!"I-And, for the sake
Of that rash oath which he had sworn.
Poor Lord Antigonus, with grief,
iiThe little Princess here has borne.

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A desolate and dreary spot
Upon this shore the noble found,
And, grieving sadly for its fate,
He laid the infant on the ground.
S"Blossom, lie there!" he sadly said;
/n "And here beside thee, on the earth,
I place a casket full of gold,
AiAd papers which will tell thy birth."
While he thus spoke, a savage growl
Was borne upon the wintry air;
He turned; his danger saw, and fled,
Chased by a fierce and hungry bear.
S Meanwhile, upon the desert plain,
-. --' Unharmed, the little infant lay,
"- --Till, seeking for.some wandering sheep,
__ "A poor old shepherd came that way.
SWith pity moved, he raised the child,
'A-nd, looking in its sleeping face,
Wondered if fairies had been there,
.And left a changeling iin the place.
Just then his son came rushing up,
H-is honest face with terror pale,
-' And, scarcely knowing what he said,
,,' Told a most strange and piteous tale.

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.f 1,1mw hie sanw a galnlant ship
w Entguilfed nwithliu the ra'ilu.'1 sea-
A. di how I-ar ihad killed a mian
.W ho vaimly .,u, t trII it to flee.

When thle (1lmv'u's awful tale Nvas o'er,
The ShepIerl l i good F' tune told-
How lie hal found a sleepin._g babe,
And (asket tull (d voins of ( 0old.

-'Tis fair L(ild." thie ShIehllerd said:
S'"- lllt ,t ,it .f ,u l. 8o'rtum p1 l .eak,
...+. -.-. IO r it vwill vanish fot' ,ItI silh. t,
+ -- Nor mav we fr the giver seek.

We'll take this pretty little lass
STo' mother. whi will love her well.
A IAId as ia dauditer i ll house.
I his tiny Perdita shall dwell."


And well the Shepherd kept his word,
They reared the child with tender care,
And, as the years flew by, she grew
A blooming maiden, good and fair.
The gold had bought the Shepherd land,
"And all with the good man went well,
When to young Perdita one day
A strange and happy chance befell.
"A gallant falcon took its flight
S One morn across her father's ground
In search of it, its owner came,
And mid'st the flowers the maiden found.
7 Amidst the lilies there she stood,
SThe roses blooming on her cheek,
And, seeing her, Prince Florizel
Forgot the bird he came to seek.
He loved her from that very hour.
And as a Shepherd clad would come,
% With dog and crook, at evening's close,
To woo her in her rustic hom-e.


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1 h- E : And now the shearing times had come,
liii The sheep are from their wool released,
And, thankful for his growing gains,
The Shepherd held a shearing feast.

A And Pen1liai to ev'ry guest
Gave nosegays of the brightest flowers,
That lingered still in summer's lap,
IN WAnd decked its swiftly-fleeting hours.

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Amongst t}1.' merry rural throng,
Two unknown guests the Shephefd brought,
And bade ]is dall:ihter I-ililly greet
The strangers who their friendship sought.
She welcomed them with sunny smiles,
And gave them flowers witi playful grace,
"And much they wondered one so fair
Should dwell in such a humble place.

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Beside her stood Prince Florizel,
Princely in person as in birth,
Eager to do the maiden's will,
And share with her the rustic mirth.
IIe led her forth to join the dance,
N Nor greater than his love would seem-
s' The younger stranger smiled and said,
S"This is the queen of curds and cream."
But now a Peddler joined the guests,
Bearing a basket of gay wares,
Laces and ribbons, pins and scent,
And trinkets sold at country fairs.
Around him the glad maidens came,
Y To view his ribbons and his lace,
To buy a brooch or amber pin,
J Or mirror to behold their face.
SI I3But when his ballads they would try,
Si Tle Clown the merry party took
Away from the grave stranger guests,
Who ill, he thought, their noise would



With laughter and gay shouts they went;
SPerdita w ith th e P rin ce rem ain ed,
Who, leading her before the group
Of elders, her white hands retained.
And -said, "Before you, reverend men,
And you, old father, now I stand,
To beg for a most precious gift-
Your lovely daughter's snowy hand.
"Were I the mightiest monarch crowned,
O r fairest prince that eye had seen,
Sj fI Or wisest and most learned known,
SS 1Y et P erdita sh would be m y q u een ."
C03 i ,. The Shepherd said, "And you, my child,
-' 'i Love you as well this gentle youth?"-
S' 2 She blushed and answered, "In his words
S,, j ^ I pray you read my equal truth."
S '"A bargain!" the old Shepherd cried;
", Give me your hands; these friends unknown
S Are witnesses; and I will give
i "i' A dowry equalling, your own."
Oh, that must in her virtue be,"
The unknown prince, amused, replied;
"But now before these rev'rend men
"Let our betrothal knot be tied."

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Then one of the grave strangers spoke,
"Have you no father,.my good youth,
Who should be present when you pledge
The bridal oath of lasting truth?"
"I have a father," said the Prince,
' .* "But he must not this matter know."
'41T '"Let him, my son," the Shepherd urged,
N41 p "His blessing on the match bestow."
L ,: "Nay, he must not," the Prince declared;
-- .fr=-- "Now hear me claim my fairest bride,
S ,i And swear to her"-"Nay, pause rash boy !"
A voice of thunder near him cried.
X ., He turned, and gazed in silent awe,
"For there the King, his father, stood,
SI Revealed by casting off his cloak,
And throwing back the heavy hood.
""No bride of thine," that stern King said,
SI "Shall ever from a sheep-cot come:
Never again this spot approach-
Or never dare come near thlyhome. :
"' i For crown of niile shall never rest
i Upon thy most unworthy head!
For thee-thou fair but low-born maid,
.. Who to great wrong thy Prince hast led.
"Frll have thy beauty -rcrtc-lbd with briars,
And made more homely than thy state,
; And, if the Prince thou still should'st seek,
SA cruel doeathl shall be thy fate."

iFor thee, old Ch'lrl. thlougl i much displeased,
W la i\e lthee in thv cabin free."
ThoFii tile Kiiig turinil with scornful air.
Anil left them. frownin lieavilv.
Tlie otlier stran1 er lingered still"
('-millo was t lilt n11 1 es name.
N Ilo. Ioilo a,,'- from ills own lan1 d
With Florizel's stern fatlier camne.
A Ild nov he reasoned v withl the Prince,
S .- 1 ,_,i n1: to ftoris lke his love
But 1 neitM]r rae tllraits, M' prayers,
His steadtfi t CoIsta ll y could mi -eO.
1 .jFindig lhis wl.'ijs wer all w11 Villi.
(Camillo urI e d tle Prince to flv.
Adlvisll him to take his ,love
At once to distant Sicily.
rIhe Prince approved of hi. advice;
lie had a vessel in the hav.
Well stored for seas. iii which llis bride
At (in' lie meaI(t to Iear Fwil v
Just then tlhe Peddler calme in si"ght;-
1.ey cat lled hlimq and at ,,nee a rrage
-Tlhit his (it -aarm uend gayv wares
SShould fir the Princes dress 1eelhaged.

*, Perdita in her lover'sco.ik l ..
-- I And hat, Camillo, carefill, hides,
-And thus towards the ship they go-
The Peddler near the cot abides.

S_ ., So to the ship went the loving pair,
S; And thus across the dancing sea
.- With Shepherd, Clown, and Perdita
SWere borne away to Sicily.

i And there a. wonder came to light:
\' .- Hidden within the box of gold,
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//' The little infinlt's story told.

"The King of Sicily then knew
She was the child w lose harmless life
SHel had expose& to beasts of prey,
When angry with his gentle wife.

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-- -^-. .,^..' Had been much wronged; and for her
S.- With joy, and tenderness .and ,tears,
,-::---Perdita to his heart could take.

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The wife whom he had mourned as dead,
He found, had secretly survived;
And, to crown all this sudden joy,
Camillo and his King arrived.

A joyful bridal then they held,
The bells rang out o'er hill and dale,
And the old Shepherd gladly told,
To all who cared, his Winter's Tale.

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