The Children's Book of Poetry; Carefully Selected from the Works of the Best and Most Popular Writers for Children

The Children's Book of Poetry; Carefully Selected from the Works of the Best and Most Popular Writers for Children

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...all day long Had cheered the village with his song, Nor yet at eve his note suspended, Nor yet when eventide was ended, Began to feel, as well he might, The keen demands of appetite; When, looking eagerly around, He spied far off, upon the ground, A something shining in the dark, And knew the Glow-worm by his spark. So, stooping down from hawthorn top, He thought to put him in his crop. The worm, aware of his intent, Harangued him thus, right eloquent: "Did you admire my lamp," quoth he, "As much as I your minstrelsy, You would abhor to do me wrong As much as I to spoil your song; For 'twas the selfsame Power divine Taught you to sing and me to shine, That you with music, I with light, Might beautify and cheer the night." The songster heard this short oration, And, warbling out his approbation, Released him, as my story tells, And found a supper somewhere else. William Cowper. GRADATION. A Sparrow caught upon a tree The plumpest fly; all, all unheeded Were struggles, cries, and agony, As for his life the victim pleaded. "Nay," quoth the sparrow, "you must die, For you are not so strong as I." A hawk surprised him at his meal, And in a trice poor Sparrow spitted; In vain he gasped his last appeal: "What crime, Sir Hawk, have I committed?" "Peace!" quoth the captor; " you must die, For you are not so strong as I." Down swooped an eagle, who had spied With grim delight the state of matters; "Release me, king," the victim cried, "You tear my very flesh to tatters." "Nay," quoth the eagle, "you must die, For you are not so strong as I." A bullet whistled at the word, And struck him ere his feast was ended; "Ah, tyrant!" shrieked the...
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  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236510607
  • 9781236510600