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HAPPY AND GAY MARCHING AWAY

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z &

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Introduction.

Here are Tot, Tom and Toby: There are lots of things to see; There are dogs and cats and horses and goats, As happy as they can be.

Turn the leaves gently. The dogs and the cats, And the little children, too, Will be hurt if you tear them. How would you feel If any one tore up you?

"FLY LITTLE BIRD AWAY."

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A lit tle girl Read in her book, How a wick ed boy A wild bird took From out its nest In the green wood tree A cap tive now 'Tis forced to be, And flutters its poor wings all day long, And beats the bars of its cage so strong.

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"Poor lit tle bird!" She soft ly cried; Then on her head Her hood she tied, Took down the cage Of her own bird, Opened the door, With joy ous word. "Fly, lit tle bird, a way," quoth she, Back to your home in the green wood tree.

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A way, a way, The glad bird flew, Far out of sight, In heav ens blue. The wee girl watched With won der ing eye, Till it had fad ed In the sky, Then sat her down, and cried, "Boo hoo! My bird is gone! What shall I do?"

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Her pin a fore With tears was wet: "My bird a gain, I'll nev er get." At last she raised Her weep ing eye, And there at hand, What should she spy But bird ie hop ping in his door, Tired of his free dom, back once more.

MAY DAY.

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One day, all in the sweet spring weather, Two lit tle folk went out to geth er. Oh the bright May day! Sun was shining, birds were sing ing, Flow ers bloom ing, May bells ring ing! Oh the glad May day!

So they two went forth a May ing, Laugh ing, dan cing, sing ing, say ing "Oh the bright May day! What care we for moth er's warn ing? Who would bide at home this morn ing? Oh the glad May day!"

HI DIDDLE, DIDDLE!

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Hi! Diddle, Diddle! The Cat and the Fiddle! The Cow jumped over the Moon.

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The Little Dog laughed to see such sport, And the Dish ran away with the Spoon.

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JACK AND JILL.

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These are Jack and Jill. Do you not see their pail? They fill it with salt wa ter.

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"What a sweet lit tle lamb!" said May. "No: it is a wolf. I must run: he will eat me."

DOLL AND I.

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"Oh, dear! On, dear! 'Tis al most nine. The birds all sing, The sun does shine. Poor Doll and I To school must go: I don't see why, We hate it so. I hate those let ters. They twist and turn. There's no use try ing: I'll nev er learn.

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"Hur rah! hur rah! At last it's two! I am so glad! What shall we do? Come, Doll, let's run. I'll nev er go, When I get big, To school, I know; But ev er y min ute of the day I'll spend just as I like, in play."

THE BIRTHDAY PRESENT.

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"Hold it tight, Tom, dear," said May. "Mam ma will be pleased at her birth day gift. I think it is just love ly." But the words were not out of her mouth when Tom caught his foot and fell at full length on the car pet. Crash! went the vase that was to have been mam ma's pres ent in to bits.

May burst in to tears, but she stopped all at once when she saw that Tom did not get up, and that his face was grow ing ve ry white. "Oh! Tom," she cried, "is a ny thing the matter?"

"My knee," groaned Tom, "it hurts aw ful ly."

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May ran at once for pa pa. He came, and Tom was lift ed up and put to bed, and the doc tor was sent for. It was found that his knee was bad ly hurt, and that he must not get out of bed for a month. Hard work it was for Tom, but May stayed by him all the time, and at the month's end he was well a gain.

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ROVER PASSES BY.

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A scared little couple, Fright in each eye! O what is the matter? A dog passes by! Bow wow!

I'm sure 'tis a big dog, Or kitty'd not hide, And her brave little mistress So nearly have cried! Bow wow!

"THE SEA FOAM"

One bright spring day Tom got out his new sail boat, "The Sea Foam." Dol ly went with him, and they set out for the pond. They had but just put the boat in the wa ter, when they saw their cous in Grace. She had a doll in her arms, which she was car ry ing with great care; and she had her eyes on the ground as she walked a long.

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Here is a sto ry in four pictures. Read it for your selves.

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