Aunt Louisa's wee, wee stories

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Aunt Louisa's wee, wee stories comprising Country alphabet, Baby, Hey diddle diddle, My mother
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My mother
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Hey diddle diddle
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Country alphabet
Valentine, L ( Laura ), d. 1899
McLoughlin Bros., inc ( Publisher )
Egolf, Robert
Place of Publication:
New York
McLoughlin Bros.
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Physical Description:
1 v. (various pagings) : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm.


Subjects / Keywords:
Animals -- Juvenile fiction ( lcsh )
Natural history -- Juvenile fiction ( lcsh )
Alphabet rhymes -- 1883 ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1883
Alphabet rhymes ( rbgenr )
novel ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- New York -- New York
Target Audience:
juvenile ( marctarget )


General Note:
Date of publication from inscription.
Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
Statement of Responsibility:
with twenty-four pages of illustrations ; printed in colors.

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University of Florida
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Country Alphabet, Hey Diddle Diddle,
Baby, My Mother.







A stands for Arabian, with Neptune
to guard;
All saddled and bridled, the pet of
our yard.

B for the Bees, that fly out here
and there,
And bring to the hives the sweet
honey with care.

C for the Cows, in the shade of the
They are chewing the cud, and seem
quite at their ease.

D for Ducks, swimming, and play-
ing together;
They care not for rain nor the storm-
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E for the Eggs, which we find in
the nest;
They still feel quite warm, from the
hen's downy breast.

F are the Fowls: the hens and the
Take care, my fine birdies, beware of
the fox.

G is the Goat, with two kids young
and gay;
They run to their mother, then scam-
per away.

H is the Horse. so sleek and so
strong ;
He draws the hay-cart to the meadow

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1 is the Island, where J ohnny doth
To sit on the bank, in the summer, and

K are the Kittens, that live in the
They will catch all the mice as soon
as they're able.

L is for Lucy, who waits at the
And puts down the pail, for she's
resting awhile.

VM is the Milk, which is good, Pussy
And so, uninvited and slyly, she


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N stands for the Nuts; and when
lessons are done,
Two boys can go nutting much better
than one.

O for the Owl, that prowling at
Steals chicks from our barn in the
quiet moonlight.
P for some Pigs, which have strayed
from their sty,
But of course will return there to bed
Q stands for the Quince I have
plucked from a tree,
To flavor the tart Mary's making
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R for the Rabbits, white, spotted,
and gray;
Just see how that little one nibbles

S for the Sheep, with their coats
of soft wool;
They stand in the meadows so pleas-
ant and cool.

T for the Turkey, who stately doth
With long sweeping wings and a
wide-spreading tail.

L stands for Ursula, and V for the
That yields her fine clusters in har-
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W for Wheat, and for Whitey, the
Who nibbles away at the grain and
the chaff

X means on a Banknote, Ten Dol-
lars, 'tis clear;
On a barrel, it stands for the strength
of the beer.

Y stands for our Farm-yard, where
chicks love to feed
On the oats, and the barley, and other
good seed.

Z is for Zachary, shutting the gate;
So Good Night, little children; it's
getting quite late.


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W HEN Baby Boy first came to town
He had so many things to see,
That he could only stare and frown,
And wonder what they all could be.
But very soon he tried to crow,
And quite as soon he learnt to cry;
Then his fair hair began to grow;
His eyes were blue just like the sky;
His cheeks were round, and dimples came
.About his feet, and hands, and chin;
And every day he'd such a game---
Nurse brought a tub to wash him in.
He kicked and laughed and splash'd, and tried
To catch the soap, and grew so red;
Then he was taken out, and dried,
Powdered, and dress'd, and kiss'd, and fed.


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2 Baby.
So he went off to Hush-a-bye,"
Till Nurse was ready: after that
Mamma came in to gently tie
His fine new cloak, his feather'd hat,

And pretty shoes, that he might go
Into the garden for a walk,
Where the gay flowers bloom and grow;
And there Mamma and he would talk.

This Baby Boy, who cannot say
A single word to you or me,
Can laugh and prattle all the day
To his Mamma,---for Nurse and she

Know what he means when he says "Nan,"
And Nan-na-nun-nah-dad-doo-dee,"
And other words, because they can
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3 Baby.
So that is how it comes about,
Mamma and Baby Boy agree
To go and sit a long way out
Upon the rocks beside the sea.

There is a nice smooth beach below,
Where children play with shells and sand;
And the salt breezes softly blow
From the blue water to the land.

The summer sun shines warm and bright,
And as they sit and talk and play,
Mamma's gold trinkets are in sight,
So Baby Boy says What are they?

"I see the ships, the cliffs, the sea,
But these are better than them all;
They surely must be meant for me
To chink and jingle and let fall."



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Then dear Mamma took Baby Boy
To buy a jingle of his own,
A pretty red and silver toy,
For him to play with, for he'd grown

Able to laugh with Fred and Kate,
To catch them "bo-peep!" round the chair.
He'd thrown Fred's ball beneath the grate,
And tried to pull off Dolly's hair.

At many dear old pleasant games,
Nurse, Baby Boy, and Kate and Fred,
And sometimes Aunt and Uncle James,
Will play till it is time for bed.

They have an Ark, with beasts and birds,
Two monkeys and a kangaroo,
A drum, a gee-horse, letters, words
Painted on bricks, and pictures too.

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Now Baby Boy is growing strong,
He has a color like a rose,
His eyes are dark, his hair is long,
He has a bridge across his nose.

Papa has asked some friends to dine;
They come to dine and stay to tea.
The ladies wear their jewels fine,
And Baby Boy comes down to see.

Kind Nurse has made a frock of lace,
All clean and white for him to wear,
Each lady kisses his sweet face,
Pats his soft cheek and smoothes his hair.

He laughs and dances, plays at "peep!"
While all his funny words are said;
Then hugs Mamma and falls asleep---
So Nursie carries him to bed.




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She lays him on his pillow down,
Unties his sash and bow and frock,
And putting on his white bed-gown,
Takes off each tiny shoe and sock.

He turns, and with a sleepy eye
Looks in her face to say "Good night;"
He is too good a boy to cry
While Nurse's candle shines so bright.

Mamma before she goes to rest,
Up to his bedroom softly creeps;
His chubby hand is gently pressed;
And kisses touch him while he sleeps.

She prays that he may live and grow
To wake each morning full of joy;
And Angels round the bed, you know,
All through the night watch Baby Boy.



rTHERE was once upon a time a little boy named Hey-diddle. He
was a pretty little boy and a clever little boy; but there was
one thing about him unlike any other little boy who had ever been
seen. He had never been heard to laugh or seen to smile. His father
and mother-and they were a great lord and a grand lady-were sorely
grieved. They sent for one doctor after another, but no good came
of any of them: they tickled him all over, even his knees and the
soles of his feet, but it was all of no use.
"Oh, my Diddle-diddle, darling," said his mother, "if you don't
laugh I shall die." But he didn't laugh, and the grand lady lived on
still, though after that day the young lord went by the name of Hey-
diddle-diddle. The great lord offered a reward to the person who should
make his boy laugh.
Hey-diddle had a fairy godmother, but she had so many god-
children that she only went to see each of them once in five years.
Accordingly, on Hey-diddle-diddle's fifth birthday, she came in at the
nursery window. His nurse was doing out Hey-diddle's curls.
"Well, my boy," said the Fairy, I'm your godmother; haven't you
got a smile for me?"
"Please your ladyship," said the nurse, curtseying, "he don't do
it, nor laugh neither."
The Fairy stamped her foot; and though she was such a little
mite, the nursery shook. "You are a set of donkeys," she said; "take
the child to Dame Nature-she'll make him laugh."
"Please, ma'am, where does the lady live? said the nurse; but
the fairy godmother had vanished.

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" -TELL, to be sure," said the nurse, "who is Dame Nature, I wonder?
S I've heard of Dame Trot, and Mother Bunch, and Mother Goose,
and Mother Hubbard-they are all nursery folk, of course-but I never
saw Dame Nature in my young lord's nursery, and I shouldn't know
her if I did." And then the nurse thought of the reward. "I shan't
tell any one a word of this," said she. The only plan she could think
of was to take the young lord out with her all day long. Till now he
had only had a short walk every day with his tutor, an old gentleman,
who was deaf and had the gout. "I may meet this Dame when I
least expect it," said nurse, "and it will be handy to have the young
lord for her to try her skill on."
Hey-diddle-diddle was pleased to go, though he didn't smile. Nurse
took him out the back way, so as not to lose time.
"I shall stay here," said Hey-diddle-diddle, when he found him-
self in the court-yard; he had never been there before. "Hark! what's
that?" He held up his finger, and listened. There was a little boy
sitting in a corner, playing a cracked fiddle, and opposite him sat a
cat, with her tail twice its usual size, miau-ing loudly.
"Stop," said the boy, "it's not your turn yet, Pussy; wait." Pussy
waited while he played a tune, and then she miau-ed again louder
than before. "Jack, Jack, where are you?" said a cross voice from
the kitchen window. Jack was one of the castle scullions, and he ran
away in a fright, and left his fiddle behind him. Pussy sprang on it
as if it had been a mouse, but her claws got fixed in the strings, and
she ran about trying to get free.

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"NTURSE laughed till she cried, it was so comic to see Pussy and
the fiddle; and when she looked at the little lord she saw his
mouth twitch. He would hardly be persuaded to go in to dinner, and
protested against his afternoon nap. "I want to see Pussy and the
fiddle-I do," he said. "You shall go out again when you wake,"
said nurse; and he was soon fast asleep. It may have been that so
much more air than he was in the habit of getting had made him
drowsy; anyway, he slept till the moon rose.
His father and mother had gone to spend a day and a night
at Prince Oxgog's castle, or I suppose this long sleep would have
frightened them out of their wits; but nurse was so taken up with
thinking where she should be likely to meet with Dame Nature, that
she was surprised when Hey-diddle woke, and saw how late it was.
"I want to go out; put on my hat," he said. Nurse was afraid to
disobey him, though it was so late, so she took him down a little
staircase which led over a bridge out of the castle into the fields.
"What's that great bit of silver up in the sky?" said Hey-diddle-
diddle, for the poor child had never seen the moon shining brightly
before. "That's the moon;" but nurse was in a great fright at taking
him out so late. ."It's down on the ground now," said Hey-diddle-
diddle, and there was the large round moon shining in the water of
a ditch that ran through the field. Just then a cow came up, and
directly she saw the moon in the water, she began to jump over it
backwards and forwards as fast as she could. Down went her head,
up went her heels, and each time her tail gave a flourish as if it
would say "Bravo."


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HEY-DIDDLE-DIDDLE looked frightened for a minute, but he had
a brave heart, and he said, "Well done, Colly!" and clapped his
little hands. Nurse laughed so heartily that she thought he must
laugh too, and she looked at his serious face. He was pressing his
lips very tightly together; it almost seemed as if there was a little
laugh, only he would not let it come out. But Snap, Hey-diddle-
diddle's little white dog, barked at the cow's heels till she got frightened.
She ran away to the bottom of the field. There was a pond there,
with some pretty elder bushes growing over it; and when Hey-diddle-
diddle got to the pond he saw the moon again, much larger and
clearer than she had appeared in the ditch.
"Nurse, nurse, I want that moon; send Snap into the water to
fetch it," said Hey-diddle-diddle. And Snap went into the pond.
The cow stood on the opposite side; she had been too fright-
ened when she ran away to see what it was that frightened her;
but when she saw the little dog she gave a loud Mo-o-o-o, and dashed
to meet him, touching the ground with her horns. She saw the water,
and gave one spring to clear the moon again; but, alas! though
she could jump over the brook, the pond was quite another matter.
Down she came, splash! dash! Mo-o-o-o! all among the water-lilies,
and the little dog sat and laughed till he nearly burst. If you never
heard a dog laugh you can't fancy what a joke it is; as for nurse,
she was forced to hold by a tree to keep from falling down with
laughter; when she looked at Hey-diddle-diddle, there was a smile on
his little grave face.


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" EEARY me," said nurse, what shall I do? If I can but get
11 him into the castle with that smile on his face, I'll claim the
reward that minute." She caught Hey-diddle-diddle by the hand, and
ran home with him; but, alas! she had undone all her work. "I
want to stop," cried Hey-diddle-diddle; "I want to hear the little
dog laugh again;" and when they got home, he was crying instead
of smiling.
"Oh, dear dear!" said nurse, "if you'll only be good, Lord
Hey-diddle, you shall have strawberries and cream for supper."
She went and brought a china bowl full of cream, and a great
dish of strawberries!
Then she put a great spoonful of sugar into the cream, poured it
over the dish of strawberries, and gave them to Hey-diddle-diddle. Nurse
then fixed some for herself. Presently Hey-diddle-diddle heard a very
crackery-crockery sort of voice say, "Don't, I won't have it." He
looked for nurse; but she had eaten so many strawberries that she
was sound asleep and snoring. Hey-diddle-diddle helped himself to
a fresh spoonful. "I shall, if I choose," said a sweet silvery voice;
and this seemed to come outt of his own fingers. "Nurse, nurse,
wake up!" said the little boy; but the next minute he forgot all
about nurse. The spoon jumped out of his hand, and the next
moment up started the dish, the flowers in the centre bulged out,
and formed an arm which caught hold of the spoon. There was a
little struggle, and then the dish ran away with the spoon. Hey.
diddle-diddle lay back in his chair, and laughed so long and so
loud that nurse woke up in a fright.


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"NURSE opened her eyes. They were not big eyes, to begin with,
but you should have seen how big they grew, from sixpences
to shillings, till they looked as big as teacups! Hey-diddle never saw
them, not he-he only laughed louder and louder; laughed till it
seemed as if he were letting out all the laughs which had been
prisoned up inside his poor little body ever since it was born. I
expect they had been there all the time, coiled up like a ball of
string; and now they came out in hearty ringing peals, like church
bells at a festival, as if they wanted to make every one merry with
them: -Ha, ha, ha; ha, ha, ha; ha, ha, ha; ha, ha, ha; laughed
Hey-diddle-diddle, and he lay back in his chair and kicked his legs
up in the air. Nurse ran to the bell-ropes, but she pulled them
both down; she dared not leave the little lord alone, and yet she
wanted every one to come and hear him laugh. She caught up the
shovel and the tongs, flung the lattice-window open, and made an
uproar which almost drowned Hey-diddle-diddle's laughter.
Only for a minute, and then she, too, fell backwards into a chair,
and up went her heels in the air.
The Fairy godmother stood on the window-ledge, and the father
and mother of Hey-diddle-diddle came in at the door.
"There, you foolish people," said the Fairy, "take your child and
make much of him; nurse has got the prescription; and if you
give him up to that Mr. Stilts again, I'll take him off to Fariyland



W HO fed me from her gentle breast,
And hush'd me in her arms to rest,
And on my cheek sweet kisses prest?
My Mother.

When sleep forsook my open eye,
Who was it sung sweet hushaby,
And rock'd me that I should not cry ?
My Mother.

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Who sat and watched my infant head,
When sleeping on my cradle bed,

And tears of sweet affection shed ?

My Mother.

When pain and sickness made me cry,

Who gazed upon my heavy eye,

And wept for fear that I should die?

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Who taught my infant lips to pray,

And love GOD'S holy book and day,

And walk in Wisdom's pleasant way?

My Mother.

And can I ever cease to be

Affectionate and kind to thee,

Who was so very kind to me,

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Who dress'd my doll in clothes so gay,
And taught me pretty how to play,
And minded all I had to say ?

My Mother.

Who ran to help me when I fell,

And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the place to make it well ?

My Mother.


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Ah, no! the thought I cannot bear;
And if GOD please my life to spare,
I hope I shall reward thy care,

My Mother.

When thou art feeble, old, and gray,

My healthy arm shall be thy stay,

And I will soothe thy pains away,

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And when I see thee hang thy head,

'Twill be my turn to Watch thy bed,

And tears of sweet affection shed,
My Mother.

For GOD, who lives above the skies,

Would look with vengeance in His eyes,

If I should ever dare despise
My Mother.