Juvenile Anecdotes, Founded on Facts: Collected for the Amusement of Children, Volume 1

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Darton and Harvey, 1798 - Anecdotes
 

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Page 119 - A bird's nest. Mark it well, within, without : No tool had he that wrought, no knife to cut, No nail to fix, no bodkin to insert, No glue to join ; his little beak was all, And yet how neatly finished ! What nice hand, With every implement and means of art, And twenty years...
Page 37 - ... round the pond, to a place which I pointed out to him on the other side, I began to cross the pond with, my kite, which carried me quite over without the least fatigue, and with the greatest pleasure imaginable. I was only obliged occasionally to halt a little in my course, and resist its progress, when it appeared that, by following too quick, I lowered the kite too much ; by doing which occasionally...
Page 37 - I found that lying on my back and holding the ftick in my hands, I was drawn along the furface of the water in a very agreeable manner. Having then engaged another boy to carry my clothes round the pond, to a place which I pointed out to him on the other fide, I began to crofs the pond with my kite, which carried me quite over without the leaft fatigue, and with the greateft pleafure imaginable. I was only obliged occafionally to halt a little in my courfe, and refill its progrefs...
Page 135 - TIME was when I was free as air, The thiitle's downy feed my fare. My drink the morning dew ; I perch'd at will on ev'ry fpray, My form genteel, my plumage gay, My ftrains for ever new.
Page 86 - the great good Being takes care of us in the dark as well as in the light ; by night as well as by day.
Page 36 - I amused myself one day with flying a paper kite ; and approaching the bank of a pond, which was near a mile broad, I tied the string to a stake, and the kite ascended to a very considerable height above the pond, while I was swimming. In a little time, being desirous of amusing myself with my kite, and enjoying at the same time the pleasure of swimming, I returned ; and, loosing...
Page 37 - I have never since that time practised this singular mode of swimming, though I think it not impossible to cross in this manner from Dover to Calais. The packet boat, however, Is still preferable.
Page 36 - I was a boy I amufed myfelf one day with flying a paper kite ; and approaching the bank of a pond, which was near a mile broad...
Page 99 - ... as many leaves as contained passages likely to give false ideas or to corrupt innocence". " Not an objectionable sentence escaped." Her offspring were never suffered to pronounce but in the most reverential and serious manner the sacred name of the Deity, making a solemn pause when it occurred, even in the Holy Scriptures; but, if it was ever introduced in other books, by way of exclamation, they passed it over, and mostly marked it as a word not to be repeated. One of her sons, sent to school,...
Page 102 - that there is the awful name which I dare not repeat; and my mamma used always to draw a line through those words which she did not choose we should say." The master was so struck that he adopted this practice in all his schoolwork. The doctrine is exactly that of George Fox. I have traced over sixty editions of twelve of Mrs Wakefield's books between 1795 and 1818.

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