Happy New Year
Postcard. CA 1908.
There was an old woman tossed up in a basket,
Ninety times as high as the moon;
And where she was going, I couldn’t but ask her,
For in her hand she carried a broom.
“Old woman, old woman, old woman,” quoth I,
“Whither, O whither, O whither so high?”
“To sweep the cobwebs off the sky!”
“Shall I go with you? “Aye, by-and-by.”
Mother Goose’s Nursery Rhymes.
McLoughlin Brothers: New York. Ca 1900.
See saw, Margery Daw,
Jacky shall have a new master:
Jacky must have but a penny a day
Because he can work no faster.
Mother Goose – Volland Popular Edition.
Edited by Eulalie Osgood Grover.
Illustrated by Frederick Richardson.
Published by P. F. Volland Company: New York, Chicago & Toronto. 1921.
“Idle Hands Make Sad Hearts.”
You little bee,
Come play with me,
The sunshine’s warm and clear;
You need not fear
The cold severe,
The winter is not near.
My little maid,
I can’t be stayed,
I must not lose to-day.
For time, you see,
Won’t wait for me,
But sweeps the flowers away.
NURSERY COLORED PICTURE BOOK.
McLOUGHLIN BROS.: NEW YORK. Ca 1870.
There was an honest gentleman, who had a daughter dear;
His wife was dead, he took instead a new one in a year;
She had two daughters – Caroline and Bella were their names;
They called the other daughter Cinderella, to their shames,
Because she had to clean the hearths and black-lead all the grates;
She also had to scrub the floors, and wash the dinner plates.
But though the others went abroad, did nothing, smiled and drest,
Yet Cinderella all the time was prettiest and best.
The King who ruled in that country, he had an only son,
Who gave a ball to all the town, when he was twenty-one;
And Caroline and Bella were invited, and they said,
“Cinderella shall leave scrubbing, and act as ladies maid.”
The Three Bears’ Picture Book.
Illustrated by Walter Crane.
George Routledge and Sons: London & New York.
IN SCHOOL AND OUT.
When Jumbo was young and went to school
He soon found out this golden rule,
“Work when you work – play when you play,
That is always the wisest way!”
For if you play in school, mayhap,
You’ll have to wear a dunce’s cap;
And he who can’t his lessons say
Will have to work while others play!
So Jumbo first his lessons learned,
And then went out, his playtime earned,
And if an Elephant can be so wise
I’m sure a small boy can if he tries.
Funny Stories About Funny People.
Illustrations by J. G. Francis, J. C. Shepherd, F. J. Merrill, Palmer Cox, George F. Barnes and Others.
National Publishing Company: Philadelphia. Ca 1905.
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!
ROSAMOND THE IDLE by Hannah R. Hudson.
Prattles For Our Boys and Girls
Hurst & Co.: New York. 1912.