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Stories and Legends of Travel and History, for Children   By: (1823-1904)

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STORIES AND LEGENDS

OF

TRAVEL AND HISTORY, FOR CHILDREN.

BY GRACE GREENWOOD.

NEW YORK:

JOHN B. ALDEN, PUBLISHER,

1885.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1857, by

LEANDER K. LIPPINCOTT,

in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts

DEDICATION.

To my little friends, MARY and ALICE SEELYE, I wish to inscribe this volume, in remembrance of a pleasant summer spent under their father's roof the Water Cure, at Cleveland, where a part of these sketches were written, in remembrance of their happy, cordial faces, and of the "loving kindness" of their parents of much genial companionship and generous sympathy.

In remembrance of the beautiful wood, with its flowery paths, its hills and dells and darkly shadowed water, where we often wandered together; where my dear baby grew like the flowers, drinking in dew and sunshine strengthened by fresh winds and aromatic odors, where under fluttering forest leaves her little face caught its first gleams of thought and tender meanings, like their glinting lights and flying shades, and her little voice seemed intoned by their silvery murmurs, the love notes of birds and prattle of streams. In remembrance of the sweet spring in the glen, and the shady resting places on the hill, of the grand old oaks, and of the violets at their feet.

In remembrance of the lovely child, with whom we last visited that wood, dear Georgiana Gordon .

GRACE GREENWOOD. CHRISTMAS, 1857.

CONTENTS.

LONDON PARKS AND GARDENS. MABEL HOWARD AND HER PET

ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL. STORY OF SIR PHILIP SIDNEY

GREENWICH HOSPITAL THE PARK, ETC. LITTLE ROBERT AND HIS NOBLE FRIEND

HAMPTON COURT. THE LADY MARY'S VISION

WINDSOR CASTLE. KING JAMES OF SCOTLAND AND THE LADY JANE BEAUFORT

THE JOURNEY FROM ENGLAND TO IRELAND. THE FISHERMAN'S RETURN

DUBLIN, HOWTH. GRACE O'MALLEY

DONNYBROOK. THE LITTLE FIDDLER.

FROM DUBLIN TO CORK AND BLARNEY CASTLE. LITTLE NORAH AND THE BLARNEY STONE

A VISIT TO THE LAKES OF KILLARNEY. KATHLEEN OF KILLARNEY

LIMERICK. LITTLE ANDY AND HIS GRANDFATHER

WICKLOW. TIM O'DALY AND THE CLERICAUNE

ANTRIM THE GIANT'S CAUSEWAY. THE POOR SCHOOLMASTER

London Parks and Gardens

MABEL HOWARD AND HER PET.

After all, I think I had more real delight in the noble public parks and gardens of London than in palaces and cathedrals They were all wonders and novelties to me for, to our misfortune and discredit, we have nothing of the kind in our country. To see the poor little public squares in our towns and cities, where a few stunted trees seem huddled together, as though scared by the great red faced houses that crowd so close upon them, one would think that we were sadly stinted and straitened for land, instead of being loosely scattered over a vast continent, many times larger than all Great Britain.

The English government, with all its faults, has always been wise and generous toward the people in regard to their out door comfort and pleasure. It does not mean that they shall be stifled for want of air, or cramped for room to exercise in. Everywhere over the kingdom, the traveller sees shady parks, pleasant gardens, breezy downs, and wide heaths, open to the public, and as much for the enjoyment of the poor as the rich.

The great Hyde Park of London, has been the property of the crown since the time of Henry VIII. It was formerly walled in, and held deer for royal hunting but in the reign of George IV. it was inclosed with an open iron railing, and is now only used for drives, promenades, rides, and military reviews.

Connected with Hyde Park, by a bridge over the Serpentine, an artificial river, are Kensington Gardens, beautiful pleasure grounds attached to Kensington Palace, a building belonging to the royal family.

This palace was for several years the town residence of the widowed Duchess of Kent, and here her illustrious daughter, the princess, now Queen Victoria, was educated... Continue reading book >>




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