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POETRY FOR RECITATION. .
1.-A LITTLE GIRL'S FANCIES.
You could not do without me!
You sing sweet songs about me!
That round the tree is creeping,
When I am idly sleeping !
2. O pretty puss, you love me so,
I see I must not leave you ;
I should not like to grieve you.
My flowers, you need not shiver !
Don't talk so loud, my river !
That will content you, maybe :
Till I'm a nice old lady!
Can never think of ceasing ;
Keeps steadily increasing.
Shiv-er, shake. Creep-ing, moving very slowly. Wrin-kle, to close in ridges. In-creas-ing, getting greater. You'd, you would.
II.-PRINCIPLE PUT TO THE TEST.
Had once his integrity put to the test :-
And asked him to come and assist in the job. 2. He was very much shocked, and answered—“Oh no!
What, rob our poor neighbour! I pray you, don't go; Besides, the man's poor, his orchard's his bread;
Then think of his children, for they must be fed." 3. “ You speak very fine, and you look very grave,
But apples we want, and apples we'll have;
If not, you shall have neither apple nor pear." 4. They spoke, and Tom pondered—“I see they will go !
Poor man ! what a pity to injure him so !
But staying behind will do him no good. 5. “If this matter depended alone upon me,
His apples might hang till they dropped from the tree; But since they will take them, I think I'll go too ;
He will lose none by me, though I get a few.”
And went with his comrades the apples to seize;
He shared in the plunder, but pitied the man. 7. Conscience slumbered awhile, but soon woke in his
breast, And in language severe the delinquent addressed : “ With such empty and selfish pretences away! By your action you're judged, be your speech what it
Con-science, sense of right and Pon-dered, thought over. wrong.
Pre-ten-ces, excuses. De-lin'quent, thief.
Pro-test-ed, spoke against. In teg-ri-ty, honesty.
Si-lenced, made quiet.
III.-GOOD FOR NOTHING. 1. Caterpillar, caterpillar,
On the apple-bough!
2. “Spinning is the spider's trade;
As a splendid butterfly !
That I never could endure.
Is this green young apple-tree.”
On the apple-bough!
On my green young apple tree.
En-dure', suffer. But-ter-fly, a pretty insect flying Liv-ing, food.
about, once a caterpillar. Spin-ning, drawing out and Buz-zing, a low sound, like that twisting into threads. of a humming-top:
Splen-did, shining. Cat-er-pil-lar, an insect that Toil-ing, working.
changes into a butterfly. Tug-ging, pulling.
IV.—THE VILLAGE BLACKSMITH.
1. Under a spreading chestnut tree
The village smithy stands; The smith, a mighty man is he,
With large and sinewy hands; And the muscles of his brawny arms
Are strong as iron bands.
2. His hair is crisp, and black, and long,
His face is like the tan;
He earns whate'er he can,
For he owes not any man.
3. Week in, week out, from morn till night,
You can hear his bellows blow;
With measured beat and slow,
When the evening sun is low.
4. And children coming home from school
Look in at the open door;
And hear the bellows roar,
Like chaff from a threshing floor.
5. He goes on Sunday to the church,
And sits among his boys;
He hears his daughter's voice
And it makes his heart rejoice.
6. It sounds to him like her mother's voice
Singing in Paradise !
How in the grave she lies;
Onward through life he goes;
Each evening sees its close;
Has earned a night's repose.
For the lesson thou hast taught!
Our fortunes must be wrought;
Each burning deed and thought !
Forge, place for heating iron. Brawn-y, strong.
Sledge, a heavy hammer.
V.—THE HOMES OF ENGLAND. 1. The stately homes of England !
How beautiful they stand,
O'er all the pleasant land !
Through shade and sunny gleam,
Of some rejoicing stream.
Around their hearths by night,
Meet in the ruddy light!