Please Help Poor Bossy!

Illustration:  “Poor bossy!”  Mary’s Little Lamb.  Henry Altemus Company: Philadelphia. 1906.

The cow, when she saw the little girls, went “Moo-oo-oo!” as if she were trying to say, “Can’t you help me?”

“Poor bossy!” said Alice; “I’ll try and help you.”

It was hard work, but after patient efforts bossy was released, and then she went “Moo-oo” again, as though she said, “Thank you.”

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Mary’s Little Lamb.

Henry Altemus Company: Philadelphia. 1906.

What Would The Lobster Think?

Illustration: What Would You Do? Mary’s Little Lamb. Henry Altemus Company: Philadelphia. 1906.

“WHAT WOULD YOU THINK?”

If you saw pennies not round but square,

Or an oyster walking down the stair,

Or a lobster sitting in your arm-chair –

What would you think?

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If I saw all these things, or some,

I’m sure I’d say that I had come

To the land of Topsy-turvydom –

What would you think?

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Mary’s Little Lamb.

Henry Altemus Company: Philadelphia. 1906.

Land Of Topsy-Turvydom!

Illustration:  What Would You Do?  Mary’s Little Lamb.  Henry Altemus Company: Philadelphia. 1906.

 

“WHAT WOULD YOU THINK?”

If you saw an elephant climb a tree

Or a snail in an eggshell go to sea,

Or a donkey drinking a cup of tea –

What would you think?

 

If you saw houses upside down,

A beggar wearing a golden crown,

If the stars were red and the clouds were brown –

What would you think?

 

If you saw pennies not round but square,

Or an oyster walking down the stair,

Or a lobster sitting in your arm-chair –

What would you think?

 

If I saw all these things, or some,

I’m sure I’d say that I had come

To the land of Topsy-turvydom –

What would you think?

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Mary’s Little Lamb.

Henry Altemus Company: Philadelphia. 1906.

 

Lullaby & Poppies From Flowerland!

Illustration: Lullaby from Mary Had a Little Lamb Henry Altemus Company: Philadelphia. 1906.

“LULLABY”

WIDE awake! wide awake!

Baby’s so wide awake,

What can I bring that will lull her to rest?

Poppies from Flowerland,

Raindrops from Showerland,

Silent slow shadows that creep up the west.

Laughings and cooings – oh, what roguish doings!

Why, this is sleepy-time, Baby, you know.

What can I bring to her,

What can I sing to her,

So that my baby to Dreamland may go?

Lullaby, lullaby, sing a song dull, oh, bye,

Bye, little Baby, now shut up your eyes!

Moon shadowed now’s the land,

Dreams come from Drowsyland,

Droop, dreamy eyelids, and lie sleepy wise.

Mary Had a Little Lamb

Henry Altemus Company: Philadelphia. 1906.

Boy on a Chain is a Strange Monkey!

Illustration:  Mary Had a Little Lamb And Other Good Stories.  Henry Altemus Company:  Philadelphia.  1906.

“A STRANGE MONKEY.”

What have we here?

How very queer!

A monkey can it be?

But such a monkey in my life

I ne’er before did see.

Oh, dear, dear, dear,

I sadly fear

That something has gone wrong;

‘Tis Charlie fastened to a chain

That’s stout, and strong, and long.

Mary Had a Little Lamb

And Other Good Stories

Henry Altemus Company: Philadelphia. 1906.

“Once Bitten, Twice Shy” – Dogs and Mustard!

Illustration:  "Once Bitten, Twice Shy." From:
“Once Bitten, Twice Shy.”
Mary Had a Little Lamb and Other Good Stories.
Henry Altemus Company: Philadelphia. 1906.

A burnt dog dreads the mustard pot;

However you may try

To coax him, he will taste it not –

Once bitten is twice shy.