Lessons for children [by A.L. Barbauld]. corrected and improved. By mrs. Barbauld

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Page 129 - Well, there was another little boy at the same school whose name was Billy. And one day his mamma sent him a cake, because she loved him dearly, and he loved her dearly. So when the cake came, Billy said to his schoolfellows, I have got a cake ; come, let us go and eat it. So they came about him like a parcel of bees ; and Billy took a slice of cake himself, and then gave a piece to one, and a piece to another, till it was almost gone. Then Billy put the rest by, and said, I will eat it tomorrow.
Page 130 - Fiddler came into the court ; he had a long white beard ; and, because he was blind, he had a little dog in a string to lead him. So he M came into the court, and sat down upon a stone, and said, My pretty lads, if you will, I will play you a tune.
Page 157 - William began to blow the dandelions, and the feathered seeds flew in the wind like arrows, but Edward said, Let us tie the grass ; it will be very good sport to tie the long grass over the path, and to see people tumble upon their noses as they run along, and do not suspect any thing of the matter.
Page 123 - The Fox was very glad, for he was hungry enough ; and he said, Yes, I will come with all my heart, and I will not leave a feather of him. So they went together, and the Cock...
Page 39 - Now bring a basket. We must gather apples. No, you cannot go up the ladder ; you must have a little basket, and pick up apples under the tree. Shake the tree. Down they come. How many have you got ? We will have an apple-dumpling. Come, you must help to carry the apples into the apple-chamber. Apples make cider.
Page 89 - ... will tell you a story about a lamb. There was once a shepherd, who had a great many sheep and lambs. He took a great deal of care of them, and gave them sweet fresh grass to eat, and clear water to drink ; and if they were sick he was very good to them ; and when they climbed up a steep hill, and the lambs were tired, he used to carry them in his arms ; and when they were all eating their suppers in the field, he used to sit...
Page 171 - I am in the water, swimming smoothly along, arching my long neck, and dipping my white breast, with which I make way through the water, I am the most graceful of all birds. I build my nest in a little island amongst the reeds and rushes. I make it of sticks and long grass ; it is very large and high. Then I lay mY eggs which are white, and very large, larger a great deal than a goose's egg ; and I sit upon them for two months ; then they are hatched, and my young ones come out. They are called cygnets....
Page 126 - ... his bed-fellow told me that he laid his cake under his pillow, and sat up in the night to eat some. So he ate till it was all gone. — But presently after this little boy was very sick, and ill, and every body said, I wonder what is the matter with Harry...
Page 75 - Sugar comes from a cane, like a walking-stick, that grows in the ground ; they squeeze the juice out, and boil it a great deal, and that makes sugar. And what is tea? Tea is a leaf that grows upon a shrub, and that is dried a good deal.

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