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** Ah ! what angel is that I see ?” said Titania, opening her eyes sight of Egeus, Hermia's father, who came to the wood in pursuit and the juice of the little purple flower beginning to take effect, “are of his runaway daughter. you as wise as you are beautiful ?”
When Egeus understood that Demetrius would not now marry his "Why, mistress," said the foolish clown, “if I have wit enough to daughter, he no longer opposed her marriage with Lysander, but find the way out of this wood, I have enough to serve my turn." gave his consent that they should be wedded on the fourth day from
“Out of the wood do not desire to go," said the enamoured queen. that time, being the same day on which Hermia had been condemned "I am a spirit of no common rate. I love you. Go with me, and to lose her life ; and on that same day Helena joyfully agreed to I will give you fairies to attend upon you.
marry her beloved and now faithful Demetrius. She then called four of her fairies ; their names were, Pease- The fairy king and queen, who where invisible spectators of this blossom, Cobweb, Moth, and Mustard-seed.
reconciliation, and now saw the happy ending of the lover's history " Attend," said the queen,“ upon this sweet gentleman ; hop in his brought about through the good offices of Oberon, received so much walks ; and gambol in his sight; feed him with grapes and apricots, pleasure, that these kind spirits resolved to celebrate the approaching and steal for him the honey-bags from the bees. Come sit with me,' nuptials with sports and revels throughout their fairy kingdom. said she to the clown, "and let me play with your amiable hairy And now, if any are offended with this story of fairies and their cheeks, my beautiful ass! and kiss your fair large ears, my gentle joy!" pranks, as judging it incredible and strange, they have only to think
"Where is Pease-blossom?” said the ass-headed clown, not inuch that they have been asleep and dreaming, and that all these advenregarding the fairy queen's courtship, but very proud of his new tures were visions which they saw in their sleep ; and I hope none of atjendants.
my readers will be so unreasonable as to be offended with a pretty “ Here, sir," said little Pease-blossom.
harmless Midsummer Night's Dream. "Scratch my head," said the clown. 4 Where is Cobweb " “Here, sir," said Cobweb.
THE LARK AND THE ROOK. Good Mr.Cobweb," said the foolish clown," kill me thered humble
"GOOD NIGHT, Sir Rook !" said a little lark, bee on the top si that thistle yonder ; and, good Mr. Cobweb, bring
“ The daylight fades, it will soon be dark; me the boney-bag. Do not fret yourself too much in the
I've bathed my wings in the sun's last ray, action, Mr. Cobweb, and take care the honey bag breaks not ; I should
I've sung my hymn to the dying day; be sorry to have you overflown with a honey-bag. Where is Mus
So now I haste to my quiet nook tard-seed ?"
In yon dewy meadow ;-good night Sir Rook.” “Here, sir,” said Mustard-seed ;“ what is your will ?”
"Good night, poor Lark!” said his titled friend, Nothing," said the clown, good Mr. Mustard-seed, but to
With a haughty toss and a distant bend; help Mr. Pease-blossom to scratch ; I must go to a barber's, Mr.
“I also go to my rest profound, Mustard-seed, for methinks I am marvellous hairy about the face.”
But not to sleep on the cold damp ground: "My sweet love," said the queen, “what will you have to eat?
The fittest place for a bird like me I have a venturous fairy shall seek the squirrel's hoard and fetch
Is the topmost bough of yon tall pine-tree. you some new nuts."
“I opened my eyes at the peep of day "I had rather have a handful of dried pease,” said the clown, who
And saw you taking your upward way, with his ass's head had got an ass's appetite. But, I
Dreaming your fond romantic dreams, of your people disturb me, for I have a mind to sleep."
An ugly speck in the sun's bright beams; Sleep, then,” said the queen, " and I will wind you in my arms.
Soaring too high to be seen or heard Oh how I love you! how I dote upon you!"
And said to myself, What a foolish bird ! When the fairy king saw the clown sleeping in the arms of his
“ I trod the park with a princely air ; queen, he advanced within her sight, and reproached her with hav-'
And fill'd my crop with the richest fare. ing lavished her lavours upon an ass.
I caw'd all day 'mid a lordly crew, This she could not deny, as the clown was then sleeping within
And I made more noise in the world than you ! her arms, with his ass's head crowned by her with flowers.
The sun shone full on my ebon wing; When Oberon had teased her for some time, he again demanded
I looked and wondered ;-good night, poor thing !" the changeling boy; which she, ashamed of being discovered by her
“Good night, once more,” said the Lark's sweet voice, lord with her new favourite, did not dare to refuse him.
“I see no cause to repent my choice; Oberon having thus obtained the little boy he had so long wished
You build your best in the lofty pine, for to be his page, took pity on the disgraceful situation into which
But is your sluin ber more soft than mine?
You make more noise in the world than I, by his merry contrivance he had brought his Titania, and threw
But whose is the sweeter minstrelsy ?” some of the juice of the other flower into her eyes; and the fairy queen immediately recovered her senses, and wondered at her late dotage, saying how she now loathed the sight of the strange monster.
THE DUSTMAN. Oberon likewise took the ass's head from off the clown, and left There is no one in the whole world who knows so many stories him to finish his nar, with his own fool's head upon his shoulders. as Old Robin, the Dustman. Oh! his are such nice stories.
Oberon and his Titania being now perfectly reconciled, he related In the evening, when children are sitting quietly round the table, to her the history of the lovers, and their inidnight quarrels; and or on their little stools, he takes off his shoes, comes softly up stairs, she agreed to go with him and see the end of their adventures. opens the door very gently, and, all on a sudden, throw's dust into
The fairy king and queen found the lovers and their fair ladies, the children's eyes. He then creeps behind thein, and breathes at no great distance from each other, sleeping on a grass plot; for lightly, very lightly, upon their necks; then their heads become so Puck, to make amends for his former mistake, had contrived with heavy! but it does them no harm, for the Dustman means it the utmost diligence to bring them all to the same spot unknown to kindly; he only wants the children to be quiet, and they are most each other ; and he had carefully removed the charm from off the quiet when they are in bed. They must be quiet in order that he eyes of Lysander with the antidote the fairy king gave to him. may tell them his stories.
Hermia first awoke, and finding her lost Lysander asleep so near When the children are asleep the Dustman sits down upon the her, was looking at him and wondering at his strange inconstancy bed. He is gaily dressed in a silk coat, but of what colour it is imLysander presently opening his
, and seeing his dear Hermia re- possible to say, for it seems now green, now red, now blue, according covered his reason which the fairy charm had before clouded, and to the light. Under each arm he holds an umbrella. The one with his reason, his love for Hermia ; and they began to talk over which he holds over good children has pictures painted on it. It the adventures of the night, doubting if these things had really hap- makes them have the most delightful dreams all night long. pened, or if they had both been dreaming the same bewildering dream. And the other, which has no pictures on it, he holds over naughty
Helena and Demetrius were by this time awake; and a sweet sleep children, so that they sleep Leavily, and awake in the morning having quieted Helena's disturbed and angry spirits, she listened without having dreamed at all. with delight to the professions of love which Demetrius still made to Now let us hear what stories the Dustman told to a little boy of her, and which, to her surprise as well as pleasure, she began to per- the name of Edward, to whom he came every evening for a whole ceive were sincere.
week through. There are seven stories altogether, for the week has These fair night-wandering ladies, now no longer rivals, became once seven days. more true friends; all the unkind words which had passed were for
MONDAY. given, and they calmly consulted together what was best to be done “ Listen to me,” said Old Robin, as soon as he had got Edward in their present situation. It was soon agreed that, as Demetrius into bed. “ Now I will decorate your room;
;" and all at once, as he , had given up his pretensions to Hermia, he should endeavour to was speaking, the flowers in the fiower-pots grew up into large prevail upon her father to revoke
the cruel sentence of death
which trees, whose long branches reached to the ceiling, and all along the had been passed against her. Demetrius was preparing to return to walls, so that the room looked like a beautiful arbour. Every branch Athens for this friendly purpose, when they were surprised with the was full of flowers, and every flower was more beautiful even than
the rose, and had such a pleasant smell. Moreover, could you have him from a pilgrimage to St. Jago, in Gallicia, and wore suspended tasted them you would have found them sweeter than currant janı. from his neck the most sacred of those relics on which Harold had And fruit, which shone like gold, hung from the trees, beside dump- sworn fealty to him; while the standard, blessed by the Pope, was lings full of currants. Never was the like seen before. But, at the borne at his side by a youth named Toustain le Blanc. At the same time, a loud lamentation was heard in the table drawer where moment when the troops commenced their march, the duke, raising Edward's school books were kept.
his voice, addressed them in these words, “What is the matter ? " said the Dustman, going up to the table, “Think how ye may best fight, and put every one to the sword; and opening the drawer. There lay the slate, on which the figures for, if we conquer, we shall all be rich. What I gain shall be your were crowding and squeezing together, because a wrong figure had gain; what conquer shall be your conquest; if I win the land, got into the sum, so that it was near falling to pieces; the pencil ye shall possess it. Know, moreover, that I come hither not merely hopped and skipped about like a little dog; he wanted to help the to assert my own rights, but to avenge our whole nation for the sum, but he could not. And a little farther off lay Edward's crimes, the perjuries, and the treasons of these Englishmen. They copy-book : it was complaining and moaning also ; it was quite un- put to death the Danes, both the men and the women, on the night pleasant to hear it. At the beginning of every line on each page there of St. Brice. They slaughtered the companions of Alfred, my stood a large letter with a little letter by its side: this was the copy; kinsman, who perished through their means. On them! and, by and after them stood other letters, intended to look like the copy. God's help, punish them for all their misdeeds !" Edward bad written these ; but they seemed to have fallen over the The army soon found themselves in sight of the Saxon camp, on lines upon which they ought to have stood.
the north-west of Hastings. The priests and monks who accom“Look, this is the way you must hold yourselves," said the copy; panied it, retired to a rising ground close by, whence they could view “ look, slanting-just so, and turning round with a twist.”
the combat and offer up their prayers for their friends. A Norman “Oh! we would do so willingly," said Edward's letters ; “but named Taillefer, spurring his horse to the very front of the lines, we cannot ; we are so badly made !
began to sing the song of “Roland and Charlemagne," popular “ Then you shall have some of the children's powders," said the throughout all Gaul. As he sang he played with his sword, which Dustman.
he threw up with all his force into the air, and then caught in his Oh, no!" cried they, and stood so straight that it was a pleasure right hand; while the Normans joined in the chorus of his song, to look at them.
and cried, “God help us! God help us !" “Well, I cannot tell you any more stories now," said the Dust- At length the archers and cross-bow men directed their arrows man; " I must drill these letters-right, left-right, left!” So he against the enemy; but the greater portion of their blows fell drilled the letters till they looked as straight and perfect as only the against the high walls which surrounded the Saxon encampment. letters in a copy can be. However, after the Dustman had gone The foot soldiery, armed with lances, and the cavalry advanced to away, and when Edward looked at them the next morning, they the very entrance of the redoubts, and endeavoured to force them. were as crooked and badly formed as before.
The Anglo-Saxons, who were all on foot around their standard, which they had planted in the earth, and who formed one solid and
compact mass behind their palisades, received their assailants with THE BATTLE OF HASTINGS.
heavy blows of their battle-axes, which broke their lances and cut through their armour. The Normans, wearied with an attack from which they derived no success, and unable to penetrate the redoubts, or pull up the stakes of which they were formed, returned towards the division which William himself commanded.
The duke then directed the archers to make a fresh attack; ordering them, at the same time, no longer to shoot straight forward, but so to direct their arrows into the air that they might fall within the enemy's ramparts. By this maneuvre they succeeded in wounding many of the English, mostly in the face : Harold himself had one of his eyes put out by an arrow, yet this did not compel him to either withdraw from the command or retire from the battle.
The attack of the men at arms, on horse and on foot, now commenced amidst cries of “ Our Lady! God help us! God help us!" But the Normans were repulsed from one of the portals, and driven back to a morass covered with grass and brushwood, when, their horses falling with them, they floundered confusedly one over the other, and perished in great numbers. This was a moment of great alarm in the army of the invaders. A report spread through the ranks that the duke had been slain ; and this served as a signal for a general fight. William immediately thrust himself in front of the fugitives, arresting their further progress, threatening them and
beating them back with his spear, while he uncovered his head to On the night of the 13th of October, 1066, William announced assure them of his identity. "Here I am,” he said, “behold me: :1 to the Normans that the morrow would be the day of battle. The yet live, and, by God's help, hope to gain the day." priests and ecclesiastics, who had followed the invading army in great The knights, upon this, returned to attack the fortifications ; but numbers, attracted like the soldiery by the hopes of booty, assembled their endeavours to force the gates, or make a breach for their en. for the purpose of praying and chanting the services of the church, trance, utterly failed ; at length, the duke bethought him of a while the men at arms made ready their weapons. This necessary stratagem which should draw the English from their strongholds, duty being performed, they employed the remainder of their time in and induce them to break their ranks. He ordered a thousand of confessing their sins, and receiving the holy sacrament.
his cavalry to advance, and then make a sudden retreat. The sight In the opposite army the night was passed in a very different of this pretended flight deprived the Saxons of their coolness, and manner; there, all was noise and revelry, the Saxons amusing them they hastened to the pursuit with their battleaxes around their necks. selves, while seated over their watch fires, singing their old national On arriving at a certain point, a body of men, who had been placed songs, and emptying the horns of beer and wine which circulated there for the purpose, joined the fugitives, who suddenly turned round freely among them.
upon their pursuers ; the English, thus unexpectedly attacked when At the break of day, in the Norman camp, the Bishop of in all the disorder of victory, were assailed on every side by spears Bayeux, a son of Duke William's mother, armed with a coat of and swords, from which they could not defend themselves having mail beneath his sacred vesture, celebrated mass, and gave his bless, both hands engaged in wielding their huge axes. ing to the troops ; then, mounting a handsome white charger, and When their ranks were thus broken their redoubts were forced ; bearing a baton in his hand, he drew up the cavalry. The army of the cavalry and foot soldiers gained an entrance, and the combat attack formed three divisions; the first comprised the men at arms was carried on in the fiercest manner, hand to hand and foot to from Boulogne and Ponthieu, with the greater part of the mercen- foot. aries; the second consisted of the Breton, Maine, and Poitevin William had his horse killed under him. Harold and his two auxiliaries ; while the third, formed of the flower of the Norman brothers were left dead at the foot of their standard, which was chivalry, was commanded by William in person.
thrown down, and supplanted by the one which Rome had sent to At the head and on the tank of each battalion marched several the invader. The remnant of the English army, left without a chief companies of foot soldiers, lightly armed, wearing quilted cassocks, and without a banner, continued to struggle against the victors till some bearing long bows of wood, and others steel cross-bows. The day had so long closed in that the two parties could only be recogduke rode a Spanish horse, which a rich Norman bad brought with nised by their language.
INVITATION. Come, children, gather round the hearth,
I promised you a tale to-night : Of sorrow shall it be or mirth?
Of Baron bold or Lady bright ? Boys, stir the log. Or shall it be
Of dauntless Knight with lance in rest ? Or one where gentle Charity
Crept nestling to a miser's breast ? Come, little Apple-cheeks, choose you :
What sball it be- what shall I tell ?“A fairy tale that's true-all true,"
Good, Blue-eyes, you have chosen well : So shall it be. Dear wife, your seam
Lay down, and listen with the rest. Put out the lamp; the ruddy gleam
Of fire-light for a tale is best.
with a song:
THE MAID AND THE HAWTHORN TREE.
It was a maid of my country,
CHAPTER I. YN a hole which Time had made in a wall, covered with ivy, a pair
of Redbreasts built their nest. No place could have been better A chosen for the purpose ; it was sheltered from the rain, screened from the wind, and in an orchard belonging to a gentleman who had strictly charged his domestics not to destroy the labours of those little songsters, who chose his ground as an asylum.
In this happy retreat, which no idle schoolboy dared to enter, the hen Redbreast laid four eggs, and then took her seat upon them, resolving that nothing should tempt her to leave the nest for any length of time till she had hatched her infant brood. Her tender mate every morning took her place while she picked up a hasty breakfast, and often, before he tasted any food himself, cheered her
At l'ength the day arrived when the happy mother heard the chirping of her little ones; with inexpressible tenderness she spread her maternal wings to cover them, threw out the egg-shells in which they before lay confined, then pressed them to her bosom, and presented them to her mate, who viewed them with rapture, and seated himself by her side, that he might share her plcasure.
“We may promise ourselves much delight in rearing our little family," said he, “but it will occasion us a great deal of trouble ; I would willingly bear the whole myself, but it will be impossible for me, with my utmost labour and industry, to supply all our nestlings with what is sufficient for their daily support; it will, therefore, be necessary for you to leave the nest sometimes, to seek provisions for them.”
She declared her readiness to do so; and said that there would be no necessity for her to be long absent, as she had discovered a place near the orchard where food was scattered on purpose for such birds as would take the pains of seeking it; and that she had been informed by a chaffinch that there was no kind of danger in picking it up.
“This is a lucky discovery, indeed, for us,” replied the mate," for this great increase of family renders it prudent to make use of every means for supplying our neeessities; I myself must take a wider circuit, for some insects that are proper for our nestlings cannot be found in all places : however, I will bear you company whenever it is in my power."
The little ones now began to be hungry, and opened their gaping mouths for food; upon which their kind father instantly flew forth to find it for them, and in turns supplied them all, as well as his beloved mate. This was a hard day's work; and when evening came on he was glad to take repose ; and bending his head under his wing, he soon fell asleep. His mate followed his example (the four little ones had before fallen into a gentle siumber) and perfect quietness for some hours reigned in the nest.
The next morning they were awakened at the dawn of day, by the song of a Skylark, which had a nest near the orchard ; and, as the young Redbreasts were impatient for food their father cheerfully prepared himself to renew his toil, requesting his inate to accompany him to the place she had mentioned.
“That I will do," replicd she, “but it is too early yet; I must, therefore, beg that you will go by yourself and procure a breakfast for us, as I am fearful of leaving the nestlings before the air is warmer, lest they should be chilled."
To this he readily consented, and fed all his little darlings, to whom, for the sake of distinction, I shall give the names of Robin,
The spring is coming again;
The sun shines warm through the window-pane. The buds are swelling, swelling, swelling,
The buds are swelling on every tree;
How fair the leaves and flowers will be.
The snow is melting on the hill; Violets in the glen upspringingAdder tongues beside the
rill, Sounds of gladness, gladness, gladness,
Now are echoing far and pear; Dispelling every shade of sadness,
For the Queen of Spring is here.
• From Mrs. Trimmer's “ Fabulous Histories."
Dicky, Flapsy, and Pecksy. When this kind office was performed, shut the window; and, taking Frederick in her lap, and desiring he perched on a tree, and while he rested, entertained his family Miss Harriet to sit down by her, thus addressed them : with his melody, till his mate, springing from the nest, called him to “I am delighted, my dear children, with your humane behaviour accompany her; on which he instantly took wing, and followed her towards animals, and wish by all means to encourage it; but let me to a couriyard belonging to a family mansion.
recommend to you, not to suffer your tender feelings towards animals No sooner did the happy pair appear before the parlour window, to gain upon you to such a degree as to make you unhappy, or forthan it was hastily thrown up by Miss Harriet Benson, a little girl getful of those who have a higher claim on your attention—I mean about eleven years of age, the daughter of the gentleman and lady poor people. Always keep in mind the distresses which they to wliom the house belonged.
endure ; and on no account waste any kind of food, nor give to inMiss Harriet, with great delight, called her brother to see two | ferior creatures that what is de igned for mankind. Robin Redbreasts: and she was soon joined by Master Frederick, a Miss Harriet promised to follow her mamma's instructions; but fine chubby rosy-cheeked boy, about six years of age, who, as soon Frederick's attention was entirely engaged by watching a butterfly, as he had taken a peep at the feathered strangers, ran to his mamma which had just left the chrysalis, and was fluttering in the window, and entreated her to give him something to feed them with. longing to try its wings in the air and sunshine: this Frederick was
"I must have a great piece of bread this morning,” said he, "for very desirous to catch, but his mamma would not permit him to there are all the Sparrows and Chaffinches that come every day, attempt it, because (she told him) he c,uld not well lay hold of its and two Robin Redbreasts besides."
wings without doing it an injury, and it would be much happier at " Here is a piece for you, Frederick," replied Mrs. Benson, liberty. cutting a loaf that was on the table; “but if your daily pensioners “ Should you like, Frederick," said she, “when you are going out continue to increase, as they have done lately, we must provide some to play, to have any body lay hold of you violently, scratch you all other food for them, as it is not right to cut pieces from a loaf on over, then offer you something to eat which is very disagreeable, purpose fri birds, because there are many children who want bread, and perhaps poisonous, and shut you up in a little dark room? to whor, we should give the preference. Would you deprive a And yet this is the fate to which many a harmless' insect is conpoor little hungry boy of his breakfast
, to give it to birds?" demned by thoughtless children." As soon as Frederick under"No," said Frederick, “ I would sooner give my own breakfast stood that he could not catch the butterfly without hurting it, he to a poor boy than he should go without: but where shall I get food gave up the desire, and assured his mamma he did not want to keep enough for my birds ? I will beg the cook to save the crumbs in it, but only to carry it out of doors." the bread-pan, and desire Jobn to preserve all he makes when he “Well," replied she, “that end may be answered by opening cuts the loaf for dinner, and those which are scattered on the table- | the window," which at her desire was done by Miss Harriet : the cloth.” “A very good plan," said Mrs. Benson, " and I have no happy insect was glad to fly away, and Frederick had soon the doubt it will answer your purpose, if you can prevail on the servants pleasure of seeing it alight upon a rose. to indulge you. I cannot bear to see the least fragment of food Breakfast being ended, Mrs. Benson reminded the young lady wasted which may contribute to the support of life in any crea- and gentleman that it was almost time for their lessons to begin ;
but desired their maid to take them into the garden before they Miss Harriet, being quite impatient to exercise her benevolence, applied to their tasks. During his walk Master Frederick amused requested her brother to remember that the poor birds, for whom himself with watching the butterfly, as it flew from flower to flower, he had been a successful provider, would soon fly away if he did not which gave him more pleasure than he could possibly have received make haste to feed them; on which he ran to the window with his from catching and contining the little tender creature. treasure in his hand.
Let us now see what became of our Redbreasts after they left When Miss Harriet first appeared, the winged supplicants ap
benefactors. proached with eager expectation of the daily handful, which their The hen bird, as I informed you, repaired immediately to the kind benefactors made it a custom to distribute, and were surprised nest ; her heart fluttered with apprehension as she entered it, and at the delay of her charity. They hopped around the window she eagerly called out, “ Are you all safe, my little dears ?" they chirped-they twittered, and employed all their little arts to safe, my good mother," replied Pecksy," but a little hungry and gain attention; and were on the point of departing, when Master very cold." • Well," said she, “ your last complaint I can soon Frederick, breaking a bit from the piece he held in his hard, at- remove; but in respect to the satisfying of your hunger, that must tempted to scatter it among them, calling out at the same time, be your father's task. However, he will soon be here, I make no Dicky! Dicky!"
doubt. Then spreading her wings over them all, she soon gave On hearing ihe well-known sound, the little flock immediately warmth to them, and they were again comfortable. drew near.
Master Frederick begged that his sister would let him In a very short time her mate returned; for he only stayed at feed all the birds himself, but finding that he could not fling the Mr. Benson's to finish his song, and sip some clear water, which his crumbs far enough for the Redbreasts, who, being strangers, kept at new friends always kept where they fed the birds. He brought a distance, he resigned the task, and Miss Harriet, with dexterous in his mouth a worm, which was given to Robin: and was going to hand, threw some of them to the very spot where the affectionate fetch one for Dicky, but his mate said, “My young ones are now pair stood waiting for her notice, and with grateful hearts picked hatched, and you can keep them warm as well as myself: take my up the portion assigned them; and in the meanwhile the other place, therefore, and the next excursion shall be mine." birds, being satisfied, flew away, and they were left alone. Master "I consent," answered he, “because I think a little flying now Frederick exclaimed with rapture, that the two Robin Redbreasts and then will do you good; but, to save you trouble, I can direct were feeding! and Miss Harriet meditated a design of taming them you to a spot where you may be certain of finding worms for this by kindness.
morning's supply." He then described the place; and on her "Be sure, my dear brother," said she, “not to forget to ask the quitting the nest he entered it, and gathered his young ones under cook and John for the crumbs, and do not let the least morsel of his wings. “Come, my dears," said he, “let us see what kind of a anything you have to eat fall to the ground. I will be careful in nurse I can make; but an awkward one, I fear; even every mother respect to mine, and we will collect all that papa and mamma bird is not a good nurse, but you are very fortunate in yours, for she cruinble; and, if we cannot by these means get enough, I will spend is a most tender one, and I hope you will be dutiful for her kind some of my money in grain for them.” “Oh,” said Frederick, "I ness.” They all promised liim they would. “Well, then, said he, would give all the money I have in the world to buy food for my “I will sing you a song: He did so, and it was a very merry one, dear, dear birds."
and delighted the nestlings extremely; so that, though they were Hold, my love," said Mrs. Benson; "though I commend your not quite comfortable under bis wings, they did not regard it, nor humanity, I musi remind you again that there are poor people as think the time of their mother's absence long. She had not sucwell as poor birde."
ceeded in the place she first went to, as a boy was picking up worms “Well," mamma, replied Frederick, “I will only buy a little to angle with, of whom she was afraid, and therefore fiew farther grain, then.” As he spake the last words, the Redbreasts, having but, as soon as she had obtained what she went for she returned finished their meal, the mother bird expressed her impatience to re- with all possible speed, and though she had repeated invitations from turn to the nest ; and having obtained her mate's consent, she re- several gay birds which she met to join their sportive parties, she paired with all possible speed to her humble habitation, whilst he kept a steady course, preferring the pleasure of feeding little Dicky tuned his melodious throat, and delighted their young benefactors to all the diversions of the fields and groves. As soon as the hen with his song; he then spread his wings, and took his flight to an bird came near the nest, her mate started up to make room for her, adjoining garden, where he had a great chance of finding worms for and take his turn of providing for his family. “ Once more adieu !" his family.
said he, and was out of sight in an instant. Master Benson expressed great concern that the Robins were “My dear nestlings,” said the mother, “how do you do ? " gone; but was comforted by his sister, who reminded him that, in “Very well, thank you," replied all at once, “and we have been exall probability, his new favourites, having met with so kind a recep- ceedingly merry,” said Robin, "for my father has sung us a sweet tion, would return on the morrow. Mrs. Benson then bid them song." "I think,” said Dicky, “ I should like to learn it.” “ • Well,”
replied the mother," he will teach it you, I dare say; here he comes dressed in silks and satins, slept in the best rooms, on feather beds, -ask him.” “I am ashamed,” said Dicky. “ Then your are a and did nothing from morning till night but run after pleasure, or silly bird ; never be ashamed but when you commit a fault; asking admire themselves in the mirror. your father to teach you to sing is not one, and good parents delight The poor little girl was never allowed up stairs, even after her to teach their young ones everything that is proper and useful. hard day's work was done, but had to make herself as comfortable Whatever so good a father sets you an example of, you may safely as she could in the kitchen. She led a very dull life, and her only desire to imitate.” Then, addressing herself to her mate, who for an amusement was to sit in the chimney corner of an evening reading a instant stopped at the entrance of the nest, that he might not interrupt nice story-book, while her sisters were gone to a ball or some other her instructions, “Am I not right," said she, “in what I have just amusement, for they gave her no peace when they were at home. told them ?" • Perfectly so," replied he, “ I shall have pleasure in Her name was Olympia, but the elder sister called her Cindertail ; teaching them all that is in my power; but we must talk of that the other sister was more polite, and called her Cinderella, and she another time. Who is to feed poor Pecksy ?” “Oh, I, I,” answered looked a thousand times handsomer in her homespun and plain hair the mother, and was gone in an instant. "And so you want to learn than her sisters did with all their finery and ringlets. to sing, Dicky ?” said the father. Well, then, pray listen very at- The poor little girl complained to her father of the manner in tentively ; you may learn the notes, though you will not be able to which her step-mother and her daughters treated her, but he could sing till your voice is stronger.”
do nothing for her-he was treated almost as badly himself. Robin now remarked that the song was very pretty indeed, and It happened that the king's son, thinking of taking a wife, gave a expressed his desire to learn it also. "By all means," said his father, grand ball, to which all the fashionable ladies of the country were "I shall sing it very often, so you may learn it if you please.” “For invited, and, of course, the two sisters were included in the general my part,” said Flapsy, “I do not think I could have patience to learn invitation. They were delighted beyond measure, for they made it, it will take so much time.” “Nothing, my dear Flapsy,” answered sure they would captivate the young prince. So they sent for the the father, “can be acquired without patience, and I am sorry to find court milliner, and ordered her to make the most fashionable headyours beginning to fail you already; but I hope, if you have no dresses ; and they selected the showiest gowns they could find to taste for music, that you will give the greater application to things wear upon the occasion. To mortify poor Cinderella they made her that may be of more importance to you." “Well, said Pecksy, “I starch and iron their ruffles, laces, and linen, and all their talk from would apply to music with all my heart but I do not believe it pos - morning till night was about what they should wear and how they sible for me to learn it.” “ Perhaps not,” replied her father, “but I do would look in this or in that. not doubt you will apply to whatever your mother requires of you; “ I,” said the eldest, “ shall wear my crimson velvet robe trimmed and she is an excellent judge, both of your talents and of wbat is with Honiton lace, they will take me for a duchess." suitable to your station in life. She is no songstress herself, and yet “And I," said the youngest, “shall wear my best skirt, and my she is very clever, I assure you : here she comes.” Then rising to gold-spangled bodice, and niy diamond necklace, and I shall certainly make room for her, “ Take your seat, my love,” said he, " and I will look like a marchioness." perch upon the ivy.” The hen again covered her brood, whilst her But as they could not decide what they would look best in, they mate amused her with his singing and conversation till the evening, called up Cinderella to ask her opinion ; and, as her taste was exexcepting that each parent bird flew out in turn to get food for their tremely good, she gave them some very valuable advice, and even young ones.
offered to dress their hair for them, to which they were only too In this manner several days passed with little variation; the nest- glad to consent. lings were very thriving, and daily gained strength and knowledge While she was heating tlie curling tongs they said to her, through the care of their indulgent parents, who every day visited "Cinderella, why don't you go to the ball ?" their friends Master and Miss Benson. Frederick had been successful “Ah,” said Cinderella, " it pleases you to jeer at me. You know with the cook and footman, from whom he obtained enough for his I'm not fit to go to such grand places, among those stylish people.” dear birds as he called them, without robbing the poor; and he was “Certainly not, indeed,” they replied, “you are quite right; they still able to produce a penny whenever his papa or mamma pointed would laugh to see a cinder-wench like you at a ball. Ha, ha, ha!” out to him a proper object of charity.
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trived to have burnt their heads with the hot tongs, as if by accident, but she was so amiable that she never thought of such a thing, but
dressed their hair beautifully. Then she had to lace their stays; THE CUCKOO.
and, as they would never be satisfied that their waists were small
enough, more than a dozen laces were broken in lacing them in, till THE pleasant summer-time is come,
at last they had no room to breathe, and then they fainted away. I hear the sweet cuckoo;
For two days before the ball they scarcely ate anything, they
were so busy admiring themselves in the mirror. At last they set The grasshopper sings for the sun,
off in high glee. Cinderella looked after them until the tears came The cricket sings for heat;
into her eyes, and almost blinded her. When she opened them again But when ye hear the cuckoo's song
she was surprised to see her god-mother standing beside her. Be sure the season's sweet.
“Well, Cinderella, ny dear,” she said, “what's the matter ?” The throstle sings not till the night,
“I want to go-to the ball,” she sobbed out. The lark not till the dawn ;
"Well, my pet, dont cry, and spoil your pretty face. You shall The linnet when the pear-trees bud,
go, you have been a very good girl. Let us go indoors, and get And woman sings for man :
ready, But first go into the garden and bring me the largest They sing but to be heard or seen,
pumpkin you can find.” In bower or budding bough;
Cinderella did as she was bid, and cut a pumpkin almost as big as So sings not my meek modest bird
herself; and, as it was too heavy for her to carry, she rolled it along The gray unseen cuckoo.
like a hoop, and took it to her god-mother, wondering all the while what a pumpkin had to do with her going to the ball.
" Ah,” said her god-mother, who was a fairy, when she saw the CINDERELLA;
pumpkin, “ that is a beauty ; big enough for the Lord Mayor's coach."
She took a knife and scooped out all the seeds that were inside ; OR, THE
then she touched it with her wand, and it was immediately turned There was a certain gentleman who had one of the best wives into a beautiful coach, painted and gilt all over. ever known-so gentle, kind, and amiable that everybody loved her; Cinderella was greatly astonished-she had never seen anything but, unfortunately, she died, leaving a little girl, the image of her- so grand before in all her life. self, and just as good and amiable. The gentleman, feeling very "Cinderella, go and fetch me the mouse-trap," said her god-mother; lonely after his wife's death, married again, in the hope of recover- “I am sure there are some mice in it." ing his lost happiness. But he made a sad mistake ; for his second And sure enough there were six beautiful white mice in it, all wife, although she appeared very amiable before he married her, alive. turned out the proudest and haughtiest woman ever seen. She had "Let them out, one at a time," said her god-mother. two daughters, just like herself, and they all hated the first wife's So Cinderella listed the trap-door carefully, and out popped & little girl, because she was prettier and more amiable than them- mouse. As soon as it came out it was touched with the wand, and selves. They scolded her from morning till night, and made her do immediately transformed into a fine cream-coloured horse, and so the work of a servant-scrubbing the stairs, sweeping the rooms, were all the other mice. And there they stood, six pretty horses, and washing the plates and dishes; and they took all her nice prancing and nodding their heads, and looking as fine and as proud clothes away from her, and made her wear coarse homespun, and as those that draw the queen's state coach. sleep on a straw bed in a cock-loft, while her step-sisters were " We must have a coachman. What shall we do for a coachman ?