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On the Tree Top   By: (1838-1895)

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[Transcriber's Note:

Illustrations in this picture book are not individually marked. Each color plate has a short poem written within the plate; these are not listed in the Table of Contents. The inconsistent sequence of "Dick Whittington" and "Puss in Boots", and the spelling of "Jack and Jill" (or "Gill") are unchanged.]

ON THE TREE TOP

by

Clara Doty Bates And Others.

Illustrated by F. T. Merrill, Jessie Curtis, and Other Well Known Artists.

Boston: D. LOTHROP & COMPANY Franklin Street, Cor. Hawley.

Copyright, 1881, By D. Lothrop & Company.

CONTENTS.

I. THE GOLD SPINNER.

II. A FISH STORY.

III. PUSSY CAT'S DOINGS.

IV. THE THREE LITTLE KITTENS.

V. THE GROUND SQUIRREL.

VI. BABY'S TROTTING SONG.

VII. JOHN S. CROW.

VIII. SILVER LOCKS AND THE BEARS.

IX. JACK AND THE BEAN STALK.

X. LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD.

XI. CINDERELLA.

XII. PUSS IN BOOTS.

XIII. DICK WHITTINGTON AND HIS CAT.

XIV. GOLD LOCKS' DREAM OF PUSSIE WILLOW.

XV. TONY.

XVI. CAMPING OUT.

XVII. DAME SPIDER.

XVIII. HICKORY DICKORY DOCK.

XIX. DAME FIDGET AND HER SILVER PENNY.

XX. FOOLISH BOBOLINK.

XXI. ALADDIN.

XXII. BLUE BEARD.

XXIII. THE SLEEPING PRINCESS.

XXIV. JACK AND GILL.

XXV. LITTLE BO PEEP.

XXVI. HOP O' MY THUMB.

XXVII. THE BABES IN THE WOOD.

XXVIII. THE THREE LITTLE PIGS.

XXIX. GOODY TWO SHOES.

XXX. SAARCHINKOLD.

ON THE TREE TOP.

THE GOLD SPINNER.

A miller had a daughter, And lovely, too, she was; Her step was light, her smile was bright, Her eyes were gray as glass. (So Chaucer loved to write of eyes In which that nameless azure lies So like shoal water in its hue, Though all too crystal clear for blue.) As you would suppose, the miller Was very proud of her, And would never fail to tell some tale As to what her graces were. On the powdery air of his own mill Floated the whispers of her skill; At the village inn the loungers knew All that the pretty girl could do.

Oft in his braggart way This foolish tale he told, That his daughter could spin from bits of straw Continuous threads of gold! So boastful had he grown, forsooth, That he cared but little for the truth: But since this was a curious thing It came to the knowledge of the king.

He thought it an old wife's fable, But senseless stuff at best; Yet, as he had greed, he cried, "Indeed! I will put her powers to test." With a wave of his hand, he further said That to morrow morning the clever maid Should come to the castle, and he would see What truth in the story there might be.

Next day, with a trembling step, She reached the palace door, And was shown into a chamber, where Was straw upon the floor. They brought her a chair and a spinning wheel, A little can of oil, and a reel; And said that unless the work was done All of the straw into the gold thread spun By the time that the sun was an hour high Next morning, she would have to die.

Down sat she in despair, Her tears falling like rain: She had never spun a thread in her life, Nor ever reeled a skein! Hark! the door creaked, and through a chink, With droll wise smile and funny wink, In stepped a little quaint old man, All humped, and crooked, and browned with tan.

She looked in fear and amaze To see what he would do; He said, "Little maid, what will you give If I'll spin the straw for you?" Ah, me, few gifts she had in store A trinket or two, and nothing more! A necklace from her throat so slim She took, and timidly offered him.

'Twas enough, it seemed; for he sat At the wheel in front of her, And turned it three times round and round, Whirr, and whirr rr, and whirr rr rr One of the bobbins was full; and then, Whirr, and whirr rr, and whirr rr rr again, Until all the straw that had been spread Had been deftly spun into golden thread... Continue reading book >>




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