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Babes in the wood

Material Information

Title:
Babes in the wood
Creator:
Nesbit, E ( Edith ), 1858-1924
Nister, Ernest ( Publisher )
Place of Publication:
London
Publisher:
E. Nister
Publication Date:
Language:
English
Physical Description:
[14] p. : ill. ; 31 x 25 cm.

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Fairy tales -- 1896 ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1896
Genre:
Fairy tales ( rbgenr )
non-fiction ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage:
England -- London
Target Audience:
juvenile ( marctarget )

Notes

Summary:
A variation on the Babes in the Wood folktale where the children don't die in the forest but are rescued by fairies and spend the rest of their lives in Fairyland.
General Note:
Cover title.

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University of Florida
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Resource Identifier:
027415327 ( ALEPH )
05905674 ( OCLC )
ALK9695 ( NOTIS )

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Bae

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| The Babes in the Wood.



i Y dear, do you know, how a long time ago
‘Two little Children, whose names I don’t know, q
‘Were stolen away on a fine Summer's day,
: And left in a wood, |
as I’ve heard people say? |
“And when it was night,
So sad was their plight: ;

The sun it went down,
And the moon gave no light! |
They sobbed and they sighed, (
and they bitterly cried,

And the poor little things,
they lay down and died.



‘And’ when they were dead, |
The robins so red
Brought strawberry-leaves 3
and over them spread. /
And all the day long | |
They sang them this song:
‘Poor Babes in the Wood,
poor Babes in the Wood!
And don’t you remember
the Babes in the Wood?”

|







“We can't fly!” they said,
3 3 So they travelled instead
In a beautiful leaf-coach :
all yellow and red; |
And every Redbreast |
| That night did his best
To make the two children
at home in the nest.

)

The Robins made tea—
, There were five, as you see—
The Children were two and the
Robins were
three.






Their troubles were past,
_ They slept sweet and fast,
Till the little Sun Fairies
, awoke them at last.




: _ And the world was all bright
With a new lovely light, |
The Children forgot all the tears
: of last night,
For beautiful things,

With rainbow-hued wings,
Flew round them and sang them
the song the sun sings.





“Beautiful things,

with rainbow-hued

wing's.”





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And as soon as they woke, ae oe
Whe Pairy-tle folk 9 = ao =
— Came out , . 2 ae
_ “in procession

and curtsied

-and spoke:—















“Here's little ‘e
Boy Blue, oe
- - “Red Riding Hood too;

We'll act all: our stories,

. dear children, for. you!”







So all played their parts,

And a good
Knave of Hearts
Presented some
honestly-earned
little tarts;
They clapped
many times,
While the bluebells
rang chimes,
And the Brownies
sang softly the

old Nursery Rhymes.

By the watery way,
Where the lily
2 Acaves ‘lay,
The children saw
blithe River
Fairies at play.







The swans spread
white wings,
And the fountains
and, springs
Were full of the
laughter of
happy wet things.

But oh! if you'd been
With those

Children
and seen
The lovely
Bird Fairies,
their Court
and their

Queen!











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At her wings and her hair,

Till the Robins said, “Don’t;

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Those Children, I know, Went swimming below
In the great coral caves where the sea-roses grow.
They saw the great whales, And the little sea-snails,
And beautiful mermaids with beautiful tails.



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“When they'd seen the last show in the ice caves below.”





d the Moon led the night oa 3 And the air shone with Moon Fays
Through a dance of delight, all silver and white.








So runs the old song!
But the song is all wrong,



They weren’t dead—
but asleep—

and they didn’t sleep
a long;
| _ For the Robins

came by,



And they saw the Babes lie,
_And they kissed them, : |
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Se ee oe!

“The Robins made tea.”
















When they'd seen
the last show
In the ice-caves below,
Where the Christmas-tree
Fairies

keep warm in the snow

The Fairies all cried:—
“The big world’s cold and wide,
| Oh, little lost Children,

stay safe here inside!”

So if, one fine day,/

You hear anyone say.
That the “Babes

in the Wood” died,

youll answer them “Nay”

| Never fail or forcel,
And the Children are hving
in Fairyland yet!

E. NEssir. =

:
For the Fairies they met

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Full Text
if
ch
ase

wey

Bae

ai heap habe,

ae
y


oN
“eg

| The Babes in the Wood.



i Y dear, do you know, how a long time ago
‘Two little Children, whose names I don’t know, q
‘Were stolen away on a fine Summer's day,
: And left in a wood, |
as I’ve heard people say? |
“And when it was night,
So sad was their plight: ;

The sun it went down,
And the moon gave no light! |
They sobbed and they sighed, (
and they bitterly cried,

And the poor little things,
they lay down and died.



‘And’ when they were dead, |
The robins so red
Brought strawberry-leaves 3
and over them spread. /
And all the day long | |
They sang them this song:
‘Poor Babes in the Wood,
poor Babes in the Wood!
And don’t you remember
the Babes in the Wood?”

|




“We can't fly!” they said,
3 3 So they travelled instead
In a beautiful leaf-coach :
all yellow and red; |
And every Redbreast |
| That night did his best
To make the two children
at home in the nest.

)

The Robins made tea—
, There were five, as you see—
The Children were two and the
Robins were
three.






Their troubles were past,
_ They slept sweet and fast,
Till the little Sun Fairies
, awoke them at last.




: _ And the world was all bright
With a new lovely light, |
The Children forgot all the tears
: of last night,
For beautiful things,

With rainbow-hued wings,
Flew round them and sang them
the song the sun sings.


“Beautiful things,

with rainbow-hued

wing's.”





ane

~






And as soon as they woke, ae oe
Whe Pairy-tle folk 9 = ao =
— Came out , . 2 ae
_ “in procession

and curtsied

-and spoke:—















“Here's little ‘e
Boy Blue, oe
- - “Red Riding Hood too;

We'll act all: our stories,

. dear children, for. you!”




So all played their parts,

And a good
Knave of Hearts
Presented some
honestly-earned
little tarts;
They clapped
many times,
While the bluebells
rang chimes,
And the Brownies
sang softly the

old Nursery Rhymes.

By the watery way,
Where the lily
2 Acaves ‘lay,
The children saw
blithe River
Fairies at play.







The swans spread
white wings,
And the fountains
and, springs
Were full of the
laughter of
happy wet things.

But oh! if you'd been
With those

Children
and seen
The lovely
Bird Fairies,
their Court
and their

Queen!








aoe
Ht
v
a
~~.
oO
vy
H
v
a
i

ing

oALS

faut,

s and her h

stood gazing

“eb They




They stood gazing there,
At her wings and her hair,

Till the Robins said, “Don’t;

it’s bad manners to stare!”

Those Children, I know, Went swimming below
In the great coral caves where the sea-roses grow.
They saw the great whales, And the little sea-snails,
And beautiful mermaids with beautiful tails.
I

anyone 1

make





Where none ef the sweeties







a
=
Ay
GH :
O
Hs
om =6S
Zz
—|
Ret)
S gy
Cee
; oo 8
~~ 20
aoe
9 e 2
SoS
.
a
eel
1
(






“When they'd seen the last show in the ice caves below.”


d the Moon led the night oa 3 And the air shone with Moon Fays
Through a dance of delight, all silver and white.





So runs the old song!
But the song is all wrong,



They weren’t dead—
but asleep—

and they didn’t sleep
a long;
| _ For the Robins

came by,



And they saw the Babes lie,
_And they kissed them, : |
and woke them, oe as et ae
ae and told them to fly. gg 7 lees























ee Te na ee ee te tae



Sa Seg ee ecm anil is â„¢ 2a oe






Se ee oe!

“The Robins made tea.”













When they'd seen
the last show
In the ice-caves below,
Where the Christmas-tree
Fairies

keep warm in the snow

The Fairies all cried:—
“The big world’s cold and wide,
| Oh, little lost Children,

stay safe here inside!”

So if, one fine day,/

You hear anyone say.
That the “Babes

in the Wood” died,

youll answer them “Nay”

| Never fail or forcel,
And the Children are hving
in Fairyland yet!

E. NEssir. =

:
For the Fairies they met

ot






Bic







~

“fb

“4