The wonderful kittens

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The wonderful kittens
Worthington, R ( Publisher )
Hatch Lith. Co ( Lithographer )
Place of Publication:
New York
R. Worthington
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Physical Description:
1 v. (unpaged) : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.


Subjects / Keywords:
Cats -- Juvenile poetry ( lcsh )
Kittens -- Juvenile poetry ( lcsh )
Children's poetry ( lcsh )
Children's poetry -- 1883 ( lcsh )
Bldn -- 1883
Children's poetry ( lcsh )
poetry ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- New York -- New York
Target Audience:
juvenile ( marctarget )


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Cover title.
General Note:
Date of publication from inscription.
General Note:
Cover and some illustrations chromolithographed by Hatch, Lith. Co.
Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).

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University of Florida
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The Cat and the Bird.
THE bird flew down on the floor; She caught the poor little bird,
The cat sprang in at the door; Thinking no one could say a word:
Birds are no better than mice But Maggie came in just then,
Thought kitty ; and so in a trice, And she let the birdie go again.


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An Exciting Tail.

I KNOW of a tale, O'er a tale of this kind,
Spelled T-A-L-E, Till they read it quite thro',
That will never fail Quite pleased if they find
Exciting to be. That it is all true.

There are four little girls The four cats in a row,
I very well know; As you see very well,
Their heads, covered with curls, Their interest show
They will place in a row, In a T-A-I-L.

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The Kitteq who Never got Tired.

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Says little May, At the butterflies,
"Of romping in the sun;" And says, "I've just begun."
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The Spiteful Pussy.

FIE, you naughty Pussy! Fie! For You should be meek and mild and
shame tame;
How can you be so spiteful ? To act so is just frightful!


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The Careful Kitten.

TINY broke her dish one day, She sat right down by Freddie's
While rolling it about the yard, in side,
play; And felt so bad she nearly cried.
Tiny was sorry, for she didn't intend When the dish was whole, Now
To make such trouble, her dish to then," said she,
mend. "More careful, in future, I will be."
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The Runaway Kitteir.

A FAT little kitty He wandered forlorn,
Ran off to the city, From night until morn,
The famous, great sights for to see; And very much pleased was he,
When he came there, When he was found
'Twas not half so fair Wandering around,
As the silly cat thought it would be. And taken home safe before tea.


Our Mamie's Cat.

Very sleek and fat, with white paws and nose-

That's our Mamie's cat, as everyone knows.
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HIGH in the window the bird-cage hung,
And all day long the little bird sung;
Doing nobody harm, it never felt fear,
Nor thought for a moment that danger was near.

Our Daisy, who, we thought, was a very good cat,
Got jealous of Birdie---it must have been that---
And into the window she made a high spring,
To get at the bird, that she had heard sing.

Jennie came in quickly and drove her away,
But from that very hour to this very day,
Not one sweet song has the cat ever heard,
When she was near by, from the little bird.





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Polly takes her bones away, and she dare not take them back.
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The Cats who kept a Store.,

HAVE you heard of the cats who lThey didn't care a fig for the 4
kept a store ? money.
One sat on the counter, one staid Maybe you think it was very
on the floor; funny

With buying or selling, they didn't That a merchant's store could be
bother, Lkept by cats,

But sat contented, 'mid all the But they only kept it free-from
pother rats.
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T!e Bold hIat-catcher.

A STORY is told A great king, they say,
Of a cat so bold, Hired the cat for a day,
That he killed all the rats in the To clear off the rats from his table;
town; In one single second,
All spoke of his fame, The king's soldiers reckoned,
And mentioned his name, He killed more than the army was
And thus he acquired great renown. able.

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The Cat who Saved her Mistress.

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Who offered bags and chests of gold, And one said this, the other that,
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The Cat who Saved her Mistress.
THERE was a man in Greece of old, The maiden had a cunning cat,
Who had a daughter fair; In whom she did confide;
There came a merchant rich and And while they held their lengthy
bold, chat,
Who offered bags and chests of gold, And one said this, the other that,
To buy the maiden rare. I The cat the gold did hide.


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M ISS Mischief is merry and gay,
As you can readily see;
She has two sisters, and they
Are quite as merry as she.

She leads them all over the house,
Sometimes into trouble, I fear;
And she will be still as a mouse,
When any one ventures near.

Miss Mischief is awfully sly,
When into the pantry she goes;
That she steals, no doubt she'll deny,
But I see the milk on her nose.

Then along comes Jack,
And puts up his back,
And over the whole
pile knocks.

I suppose cats don't
How to build up blocks
But they know how to
push them down;
My papa says then
They are like some men,
That he knows, in this
very town.

He says they destroy,
And others annoy,
And can always spoil
things like that;
The Destructive Cat,
I don't know but they
IT takes quite all day, But if I was a man,
For us in our play, I never would act like
To build up the nice, pretty blocks; a cat.

I'm sure you have heard, The dish and the spoon
Perhaps read every word, Playing tag by the moon,
Of the wonderful cat and the fiddle; Was surely surprising to see ;
How she set them all dancing I don't wonder a mite,
And crazily prancing, When I think of the sight,
While she played on it "Hey diddle That the little dog laughed in his
diddle.'" glee.
No one e'er saw before, You may be very sure
Nor will ever see more, There are tales that are truer-
A cat who can play such a tune; Not a few to commend I'd refuse;
But the story does say, Some are made to believe,
That she did then play And some to deceive,
On the fiddle, by the light of the But this one was made to amuse.
moon. But the story is old,
We have all seen a cat And has often been told,
Do this or do that So I will not dispute it now;
That we did not think she could do; What astonishes me,
So it will not avail And what I'd like to see,
To deny such a tale, Was the wonderful jump of the
That is, if the story be true. cow.
That is, if the story be true. COW.


T HREE little kittens as white as snow,
Resolved one day,
To go to the place where flowers grow,
To have a play.
They romped and raced for many hours,
Over the beds,
Knocked down the pots and spilled the flowers
Over their heads.
Then up the lattice and up the stair
They jumped with glee,
And such a mess as they made there,
You ne'er did see.









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The Four Friends.
HERE'S Tabby and Frisky and Dancer and mec
All as good friends as you'll ever se ;
Tabby's the mother of Frisky, you know;
That's why she mews and looks at me so.
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New Friends.
No, Dash, I can't trust you yet with Kitty;
If you should hurt her, wouldd be a pity,


The Orphan Kitty,

KITTY'S lost her mamma, how shall we feed her now?
Bring her to the kitchen, and I will show you how.
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The Kitten who Knew her Master.
THE King found a kitten and took If this be your kitten, with you it
it to the Queen, may stay,
'Twas as pretty a kitten as ever was If it be mine, it will follow me
seen. away.
In came her master, with rich The King he assented, the kitten
broidered cloak, said : Mew "!
And boldly to the King and The King's Jester said: I
Queen he spoke: think so too."

h i M e C AIndi Their mother went out
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Sr woods,
l ,y': And never came back
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Mouser, hearing the
rabbits cry,
Went to the hedge to
SWh en sh e saw h ow
matters were,
"She adopted all the
"You have no mother,"
she says to them,
""No kittens are left to
I will be a mother to
The Kind Mother Cat. And you my babes
shall be."

A MOTHER cat had four little babes, She took them all to
the barn with her,
Hid away in the hay; And hid them in the
There came along a cruel man hay.
And stole them all away. And they nestle to-
gether and never stir,
Four baby rabbits lived near by, When the old cat is
In a hedge-row by the glen; away.


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Tl e Greedy Kittert.

Top was greedy and liked rich fare ; He seldom would go into the street,
He searched the pantry to find what Except to look for something to eat.
was there; He grew fat and lazy with too much

with the cook. be quite rude.
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Tl~e Greedy Kittern.

To} was greedy and liked rich fare; He seldom would go into the street,
He searched the pantry to find what Except to look for something to eat.
was there; H e grew fattand lazy with too much
In every corner he'd carefully look, food;
And then he'd go and make friends When he couldn't have meat, he'd
with the cook. he quite rude.

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And catch it and run
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The Kitten who Played Ball. In the edge of the
And the boys didn't
THERE was a young Kitty, know she was there,
know she was there,
Who lived near the city, Their best ball was
And when she could hardly crawl, tossed,
She learned to play, And suddenly lost-
In a cunning way, Only Kitty can tell
With her master's little ball. them where.


DAISY saw two beautiful fish,
Swimming in a beautiful dish;
They were golden and yellow,
And one little fellow
Was spotted with black
All over his back,
As pretty as you could wish.

Little Daisy, who must have been crazy,
Tried to catch one by a fin;
As his paw he dipped,
His footing slipped,
And he tumbled headlong in.
It served him right,
To get such a fright,
And to be wet through to the skin.










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out. praises.

How the gentleman then
Led a sad, lonely life,
And took, to console him,
A proud, haughty wife-

How this wife, who cared only
For show and for pelf
S. B ro ug h t h om e tw o b irg d aug h terms
As proud as herself-

How their poor little sister,
Once bright as the morn,
They called Cinderella,
And treated with scorn-

How they made her be servant,
And come at their call,
And make their fine dresses,
For concert and ball-

But perhaps you don't know
That the girl had a cat,
Cinderella's Cat.
As shown in the picture,
So I'll tell you that.

You have all read the story, When the Prince found her
Of the man, and his bride, And made her his wife,
Who brought him a daughter, The good cat went with her
And afterwards died- And staid all his life.

"Now Pussy, what's that? i'll punish you well,
C-A-T-Cat, If you don't learn to spell!
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Say it as I do." Say it after me, now."
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Pussy's Speliing Lesson.

"Now Pussy, what's that? 'i'il punish you well,
C-A-T-Cat, If you don't learn to spell!
Say it as I do." Say it after me, now."
But pussy said "Mew!" But pussy said, "Mow, wow!"

A Dirter for Four.
TOM spilled the milk; Sly little Silk
Floss drank it up; I Drinks from the cup, [ter."
Clo says, "What's in the platter?" And says, Don't make such a clat-

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A Queer Friendship.
A RHINOCEROS lived in a cage, Perhaps you may think it queer
With a Pussy for his friend That they can so well agree;
And never once in his rage But Pussy has nothing to fear,
Did he the Pussy offend. And so good friends they can be,
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TWO kittens gay, went out one day,
To a cherry tree pretty and tall,
And scrambled up to the very top,
Without a single fall.
The cherries sweet they could not eat,
But they shook them from the tree,
Not taking a taste; and such a waste,
The robins cried to see.
Then all the birds, in their own words,
Began to screech and yell;
Hearing the noise, out came the boys,
And whipped the kittens well.

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They are great friends, and have been for a year;
They take dinner together from one big dish,
And he lets Tabby have all a cat can wish.

The Butterfly Catcher.

You naughty cat, to catch the pretty butterflies,
Look for a rat; to catch one would be far more wise.

The Runaway.

You'VE run away r
Six times to-day,
You naughty
Kitten, you!
Don't you know
Where you go
The dogs might have
Bitten you ?

You do not need
To cringe that way,
But just give heed
To what I say.
If again
You run away,
I think then
I'll let you stay-
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Hark! hark! just hear them bark! we'll hide away where it is dark;
Stay with your old mamma, dear, then the dogs you need not fear.

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Puss in Boots.

THE most wonderful cat You can see him here,
In story or song, Rigged out in his best,
Was the kitten that As he did appear,
Did once belong When carefully dressed,
To the miller's son. And his big boots on,




Ever there was cat His master was left,
Gave mouse and gave rat Of all wealth bereft,
Jst cause to quake with fear, But Puss cared not a bit,
It is, I surely say, If a Iin" said he.
That pussy sly and gray, Is not left to me,
Whom you sec pictured here. I'll carn one by my wit."

If evr there was man I think, my little dears,
Since time first began, The tale that here appears,
Hd a servant brisk and true, This moral justly suits,
I think that lucky one, Our real friends we see,
The miller's youngest son, I# dark adhersity-
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A MILLER died, who had made his will, The second son did not badly fare,
And had leit his eldest sen his mill For a good strong ass was left as his share

But here is the third son, sore and sad, But Puss said-" Dear master, never fret-
For a large gray cat was all he had Get me some boots, and we'll prosper yet."

Next day went Puss with a game-bag cut, Next day Master Puss went out once more,
And prowled, in his boots, the fields about, And managed just as he'd done before;
And two young rabbits all sleek and fat And when a bag.full of game he d caught,
Were soon entrapped by the wily cat. To the old King's palace his bag he brought.

With a graceful bow he his gift down-laid- One day Puss knew the King would come by,
" TInom the Marquis of Carabas "-hle said; And to make his master's fortune would try;
The King took the present with great delight, He made him go bathe where the King wouldd pass,
And thought the Marquis was most polite. And cried-" Help for the Marquis of Carabas.'

While the Cat ran as fast as his legs would go,
To an Ogre's castle in the vale below.

The King on hearing his piteous cry,
Sent some of his servants immediately ; The cunning Cat wanted the castle to pass
And the Marquis was soon in silk arrayed, As the house of the Marquis of Carabas-
Show me, Mr. Ogre, if once in a way
And in the old King's own coach conveyed. You can take the form of a beast to-day."

To the reapcrs he'd said-" If the King should pass- The Ogre, the Cat's request to grant,
Say your master's the Marnuis of Carabas." Appeared as a mighty elephant.

Then to puss's terror uoccme a lio. But the Cat sprang forward and ate him up-
Then a mouse's form he needs must try on; And said- Here to-night the King shall sur

The King when the wealth of the castle le saw, And the Cat became a great lord at Court,
Cried-" Sir Marquis we choose you our son-in-law;" And never caught mice, except for sport.

The Kitten Who Went to School.

A KITTEN who knew very well One day he climbed in the tower,
What was the daily rule, His daily nap to take,
Whenever he heard the bell, And slept right through the hour,
Followed the children to school. When he ought to be awake.


Very still the kitten would keep When he found he was shut in,
Till school was out, and then He swung the bell about,
He'd wake up from his sleep, And made a dreadful din,
And follow them home again. Till they came and let him out.



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