A Sloven!

Illustration:  A Sad Case.  Little Bo-Peep And Other Good Stories.  Henry Altemus Company: Philadelphia. 1905.

A SAD CASE.

Matilda Belinda Lucinda MacGovern

Was very untidy – you might say, a sloven!

She always objected to dusting and cleaning;

Towards brushes and brooms she had no sort of leaning.

In fact it was said that the sight of a duster,

Upstairs or downstairs, would simply disgust her;

And a broom to the room of this sad Miss. MacGovern

Was as strange as a spider’s web in a hot oven.

Matilda Belinda Lucinda MacGovern,

Oh! what could have taught her to be such a sloven?

The birds or the bees? – show us anything neater!

The daisies? – Ah! What could be nicer and sweeter?

Little Bo-Peep And Other Good Stories.

Henry Altemus Company: Philadelphia. 1905.

Very Fresh Fish!

Illustration:  Make Hay While The Sun Shines.  Little Bo-Peep And Other Good Stories.  Henry Altemus Company: Philadelphia. 1905.

MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES.

While the sun shines make your hay,

That is what the wise folk say;

Even better, I opine,

While the fish is fresh to dine.

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Little Bo-Peep And Other Good Stories.

Henry Altemus Company: Philadelphia. 1905.

Ned Hits The Wall!

Illustration:  NED’S HORSE.  Little Bo-Peep And Other Good Stories.  Henry Altemus Company: Philadelphia. 1905.

NED’S HORSE.

And he learned the fact that as a rule,

No mending is done without a tool,

And he carried his horse to a carpenter,

Who said, “I’ll mend it, my little sir.”

And really he mended the head so well

That the broken place you could hardly tell,

And proud as a lord was gallant Ned

Who mounted his hobby-horse and said,

“You never could mend a live horse’s-head,

So I’ll keep my wooden one instead.”

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Little Bo-Peep And Other Good Stories.

Henry Altemus Company: Philadelphia. 1905.

SAMBO

Illustration: Sambo & Bo-Peep from Little Bo-Peep And Other Good Stories Henry Altemus Company: Philadelphia. 1905.

. . . he nearly had a fit at sight of Bo-Peep’s doll – Black Sambo – who sat in the nursery, . . The lambs were safely shut up in their wooden box every night by their little mistress, for she did not want to have to search for them again through glades of trees, unending rooms, or to ask news of them of a stupid real Black Sambo with a swelling face, who sang stupid songs.

Little Bo-Peep And Other Good Stories

Henry Altemus Company: Philadelphia. 1905.