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[To be delivered simply and unaffectedly.]

Down in a green and shady bed
A modest violet grew;

Its stalk was bent, it hung its head,
As if to hide from view.

And yet it was a lovely flower,
Its colors bright and fair!

It might have graced a rosy bower
Instead of hiding there.

Yet there it was content to bloom,
In modest tints arrayed;

And there diffused its sweet perfume
Within the silent glade.

Then let me to the valley go,

This pretty flower to see,
That I may also learn to grow
In sweet humility.



[Give this piece in a coaxing tone of voice, and imitate the "mooing" of a cow at the end of each stanza.]

"Mooly cow, mooly cow, home from the wood
They sent me to fetch you as fast as I could.
The sun has gone down-it is time to go home,
Mooly cow, mooly cow, why don't you come?
Your udders are full, and the milkmaid is there,
Aud the children all waiting, their suppers to share.

I have let the long bars down-why don't you pass thro'?"

The mooly cow only said, "Mo0-0-0 !"

"Mooly cow, mooly cow, whisking your tail
The milkmaid is waiting, I say, with her pail;
She tucks up her petticoats, tidy and neat,
And places the three legged stool for her seat.
What can you be staring at, Mooly? You know
That we ought have gone home an hour ago.
How dark it is growing! O, what shall I do?"
The mooly cow only said, "Moo-0-0 1"



[Speak every word distinctly; make the proper pauses.

Three little words you often see

Are articles, a, an, and the.

A noun's the name of anything,
As school, or garden, hoop or ring.
Adjectives show the kind of noun,
As great, small, pretty, white or brown.
Instead of nouns pronouns stand-
Her head, his face, your arm, my hand.
Verbs tell us something to be done-
To read, count, fly, sing, jump or run.
How things are done the adverbs tell,
As slowly, quickly, ill or well.

Conjunctions join the words together,
As men and women, wind and weather.

The proposition stands before
A noun, as in or through the door.

The interjection shows surprise,
As O! how pretty-Ah! how wise.

The whole are called nine parts of speech,
Which reading, writing, speaking teach.



[To be given in a natural, descriptive manner

The mountain and the squirrel

Had a quarrel,

And the former called the latter "Little Prig ;" Bun replied,

"You are doubtless very big,

But all sorts of things and weather
Must be taken in together

To make up a year,
And a sphere.

And I think it no disgrace

To occupy my place.
If I'm not so large as you,
You are not so small as I,
And not half so spry;

I'll not deny you make

A very pretty squirrel track.

Talents differ; all is well and wisely put;
If I cannot carry forests on my back,
Neither can you crack a nut!"



There was a little girl,

And she had a little curl

Right in the middle of her forehead.

When she was good

She was very good,

But when she was bad she was horrid !



[Speak with a broken accent, boldly.]

Oh, I'm a little Tuchman,

My name is Van der Dose,
An' vat I cannot get to eat

I smells it mit my nose.

An' ven dey vill not let me play
I takes it out in vork;

An' ven dey makes me vork too hard
I soon de jop vill shirk.

An' ven dey sends me off to bed
I lays avake all night;

An' ven dey comes to vake me up
I shut my eyes up tight.
For I'm a little Tuchman,

My name is Van der Dose,
An' vat I do not know myself
I never vants to knows.



[Deliver this paying attention to the rising inflection of the voice in almost every line.]

Is the house turned topsy-turvy?
Does it ring from street to roof?

Will the racket still continue,

Spite of all your mild reproof?
often in a flutter?


Are you sometimes filled with joy?
Then I have my grave suspicions

That you have at home-that boy.

Are your walls and tables lammered?
Are your nerves and ink upset?
Have two eyes, so bright and roguish,
Made you every care forget?
Have your garden-beds a prowler

Who delights but to destroy?
These are well known indications
That you have at home-that boy.

Have you seen him playing circus,
With his head upon the mat,
And his heels in mid air twinkling-
For his audience, the cat?
Do you ever stop to listen,

When his merry pranks annoy,—
Listen to a voice that whispers

You were once just like-that boy?
Have you heard of broken windows,

And with nobody to blame?
Have you seen a trowsered urchin
Quite unconscious of the same?
Do you love a teasing mixture

Of perplexity and joy?

You may have a dozen daughters,
But I know you've got that boy!



[To be spoken simply and naturally, in your ordinary tone of voice]

Dear mother, how pretty
The moon looks to-night!

She was never so cunning before;
Her two little horns

Are so sharp and so bright,

I hope she'll not grow any more.

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