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.

Idle? Taken Away a Year and a Day!

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ROSAMOND THE IDLE.

Miss Rosamond May was so idle, they say,

That her wise fairy godmother took her away

To regions of fairy-land, cloudy and gray;

And there she must stay for a year and a day,

Or still longer, I fear,

Till she does all things that she didn’t do here!

All the stints and the chores that she thought were such bores;

The running of errands to markets and stores,

The making of beds and the sweeping of floors,

The tending of doors and the lessons in scores –

Ah, the poor little Miss!

How long it will take for her to finish all this!

Illustration: ROSAMOND THE IDLE by Hannah R. Hudson. Prattles For Our Boys and Girls Hurst & Co.: New York. 1912.

ROSAMOND THE IDLE by Hannah R. Hudson.

Prattles For Our Boys and Girls

Hurst & Co.: New York. 1912.