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[This piece may be given by a little girl, the whole class joining in the
There was a wee chicken, just out of the shell-
Along with her mother this chicken did dwell—
Chickery, chickery, chick!
That good lady told her, by night or by day,
One morn, when the mother was out of her sight-
This daughter went out with the greatest delight-
She wandered along till she came to a brook,
"Oh, you're such a beauty!" the froggie then said—
This flattered her so that it quite turned her head—
"You're queen of the birds, and should wear a gold crown,'
Chickery, chickery, chick!
KATE PUTNAM OSGOOD.
[Deliver in a questioning manner.
The fly and the fish were there, indeed;
Some willows droop to the brooklet's bed:
You have not read me the riddle yet,
Not even the wing of a wounded bee,
Now answer, you who have grown so wise
What could the wonderful sight have been?
[Deliver in a questioning manner the first and third lines of 1st, 2d and 4th verses, and in an answering manner the second and fourth lines of 1st, 2d and 4th verses.]
"Lady Moon, Lady Moon, where are you roving?"
"Lady Moon, Lady Moon, whom are you loving?"
"Are you not tired with rolling, and never
Why look so pale and so sad, as forever
"Ask me not this, little child, if you love me;
I must obey my dear father above me.
"Lady Moon, Lady Moon, where are you roving ?"
"Lady Moon, Lady Moon, whom are you loving ?"
STOP, STOP, PRETTY WATER!
[Speak in a lively and quick manner.]
"Stop, stop, pretty water!"
"You run on so fast!
But I will run after;
Mother says that I may;
So Mary ran on;
But I have heard say
That she never could find
[To be recited in a thoughtful, though animated manner.]
Ring-ting! I wish I were a primrose,
A bright yellow primrose, blowing in the spring!
The fern and moss to creep across,
And the elm tree for our king!
Nay-stay! I wish I were an elm tree,
O, no! I wish I were a robin-
A robin or a little wren, everywhere to go:
Till winter comes with icy thumbs
Well, tell! Where should I fly to,
Where go to sleep in the dark wood or dell?
Home would come the rover,
For mother's kiss! sweeter this
Than any other thing.
WHO TO CHOOSE COMPANIONS,
[Change the voice, if possible, in order to imitate the two supposed to be in conversation.]
"By your leave, sir," said a water rat to the kingfisher, "this is my house." And he sat in the doorway to prevent the kingfisher from entering.
"Nay, but I want to come in," said the kingfisher, "I have paid you my visits before, and why not now? Think how handsome I am, and how much my family is sought after."
"You have been in before, sir; but to tell you the truth, that's the very reason I prefer to keep you out now, notwithstanding your fine clothes and your fine family. You have an awkward habit of eating fish and leaving the bones at my door. Now, I don't want anything laid to me that I don't deserve, and as I don't catch and eat fish I won't. have the credit of it. I consider no company worth having that takes away my character!"