Pathways in Nature and Literature: A Second Reader

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University Publishing Company, 1903 - Natural history - 112 pages
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Page 71 - I saw a ship a-sailing, A-sailing on the sea, And oh! it was all laden With pretty things for thee ! There were comfits in the cabin, And apples in the hold; The sails were made of silk, And the masts were made of gold. The four-and-twenty sailors That stood between the decks Were four-and-twenty white mice, With chains about their necks. The captain was a duck, With a packet on his back, And when the ship began to move, The captain said "Quack! Quack!
Page 53 - Two legs sat upon three legs, With one leg in his lap ; In comes four legs, And runs away with one leg. Up jumps two legs, Catches up three legs, Throws it after four legs, And makes him bring back one leg.
Page 63 - Boats sail on the rivers, And ships sail on the seas; But clouds that sail across the sky Are prettier far than these. There are bridges on the rivers, As pretty as you please ; But the bow that bridges heaven And overtops the trees, And builds a road from earth to sky, Is prettier far than these.
Page 41 - I met a little Elf-man, once, Down where the lilies blow. I asked him why he was so small, And why he didn't grow. He slightly frowned, and with his eye He looked me through and through. "I'm quite as big for me," said he, "As you are big for you.
Page 105 - ... I shall, and that I shall have many brown seed children, with white wings — just as my mother had. Do you think I shall?" "Yes," said the sunbeam fairy, "if you keep on growing your very best, your golden crown will most certainly change to a silver crown "Goldenlocks to silverlocks, Silverlocks to gold—- So the change is going on Every year, I'm told.
Page 58 - Now, what shall I send to the earth to-day ? " Said the great, round, golden Sun. " Oh ! let us go down there to work and play," Said the Sunbeams, every one. So down to the Earth, in a shining crowd, Went the merry, busy crew ; They painted with splendor each floating cloud And the sky while passing through.
Page 112 - TWENTY froggies went to school Down beside a rushy pool, — Twenty little coats of green; Twenty vests, all white and clean.
Page 58 - Moon may peep between." The Sunbeams then in through the windows crept, To the children in their beds — They poked at the eyelids of those who slept, Gilded all the little heads. " Wake up, little children ! " they cried in glee, " And from Dreamland come away ! We've brought you a present: wake up and see! We have brought you a sunny day !
Page 58 - Now, what shall I send to the earth to-day ? " Said the great, round, golden Sun. " Oh ! let us go down there to work and play," Said the Sunbeams, every one. So down to the Earth, in a shining crowd, Went the merry, busy crew ; They painted with splendor each floating cloud And the sky while passing through. " Shine on, little Star, if you like," they cried ; " We will weave a golden screen That soon all your twinkling and light shall hide, Though the Moon may peep between.
Page 79 - WHO TOLD THE NEWS? OH, the sunshine told the bluebird, And the bluebird told the brook, That the dandelions were peeping From the woodland's sheltered nook ; So the brook was blithe and happy, And it babbled all the way, As it ran to tell the river Of the coming of the May. Then the river told the meadow, And the meadow told the bee, That the tender buds were swelling On the old horse-chestnut tree ; And the bee shook off its torpor, And it spread each gauzy wing, As it flew to tell the flowers Of...

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