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Her face is like the May-time,
Is in her lightsome words.
Each spot she makes the brightest,
Her name is-Cheerfulness!
THE BROWN THRUSH.
[To be given in a lively, animated style.]
"Oh, the world is running over with joy!
Don't you hear? don't you see?
And the brown thrush keeps singing, "A nest, do you see,
And five eggs, hid by me in the juniper tree?
Don't meddle! Don't touch! little girl, little boy,
Or the world will lose some of its joy.
Now I'm glad! Now I'm free!
If you never bring sorrow to me."
So the merry brown thrush sings away in the tree,
Don't you know? don't you see?
DO YOUR BEST.
W. C. C.
[Speak in a bold style.]
"If you are running along in a hurry, and stumble over a brickbat, and spill your dinner pail, all right; kick the brickbat out of the way, pick up your dinner pail, save your bread and butter, if you can; if not, whistle "Hail Columbia," and run on to school. It won't do to be put down by a brickbat. Take hold of your book as a squirrel takes hold of a hickory nut-be bound to get the meat out, if there is any in it.
Because Tom Lazychops wants to be a fool is no reason why you should be one. Do your best every time; and then, when the teacher calls out the classes, you can walk out like a man, and tel) her to go ahead!"
A WEE BIT LASSIE.
JULIA M. THAYER.
I'm just a wee bit lassie, with a lassie's winsome ways,
I know that sugar plums are sweet, that "no, my love," means
That when I'm big I'll always wear my pretty Sunday dress.
[Speak this tenderly, gazing upwards.]
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
When the glorious sun is set,
In the dark blue sky you keep
As your bright and tiny spark
[Render this with appropriate actions, standing on one leg, pointing to the nose, &c.]
There was a little boy, and he had a little dog,
And that dear little dog all dinner time
One day, to his master's great surprise,
And stood upon his nose!
[Tenderly and softly.]
Lullaby, baby! go to sleep.
Lullaby, baby! curl up your toes; Cuddle your little knees up to your nose.
Lullaby, baby! eyes shut tight;
DON'T GIVE UP!
[Boldly and with force.]
If you tried and have not won,
All that's great and good is done
Though young birds in flying, fall,
Still their wings grow stronger;
Though the sturdy oak has known
Many a blast that bowed her,
If by easy work you beat,
That's the test that tries you!
A LITTLE BOY'S LEOTURE.
JULIA M. THAYER.
[To be given in an important, grandiloquent style.] LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: Nearly four hundred years ago the mighty mind of Columbus, traversing unknown seas, clasped this new continent in its embrace.
A few centuries later arose one here who now lives in all our hearts as the Father of his Country. An able warrior, a sagacious statesman, a noble gentleman. Yes, Christopher Columbus was great. George Washington was great. But here, my friends, in this glorious nineteenth century is a grater! [Exhibiting a large, bright, tin grater. The large kind used for horseradish could be most easily distinguished by the audience.]
HOE YOUR OWN ROW.
I think there are some maxims
Scarce worth preservation;
So sound and so simple
'Tis worth while to know-
If you want to have riches,
Wherever you go,