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Verses for Children and Songs for Music   By: (1841-1885)

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[Illustration: The Convalescent.]

VERSES FOR CHILDREN

AND

SONGS FOR MUSIC

BY

JULIANA HORATIA EWING.

LONDON:

SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE,

NORTHUMBERLAND AVENUE, W.C.

NEW YORK: E. & J.B. YOUNG & CO.

[Published under the direction of the General Literature Committee.]

PREFACE

It has been decided in publishing this volume to reproduce the illustrations with which the verses originally appeared in Aunt Judy's Magazine . In all cases Mrs. Ewing wrote the lines to fit the pictures, and it is worthy of note to observe how closely she has introduced every detail into her words. Most of the woodcuts are by German artists, Oscar Pletsch, Fedor Flinzer, and others; but the frontispiece is from an original sketch by Mr. Gordon Browne. In accordance with his special desire, it has only been used for Mrs. Ewing's poem, as the Convalescent was a little friend of the artist, who did not live to complete his recovery. The poem is the last that Mrs. Ewing wrote for children, and it was penned when she herself was enduring the discomforts of convalescence with all the courage she so warmly advocates.

Mr. Randolph Caldecott's illustrations to "Mother's Birthday Review" first appeared in his Sketch Book , but the letterpress that accompanied them was very brief, and Mrs. Ewing could not resist asking permission to write some verses to the pictures, and publish them in Aunt Judy's Magazine . This favour was kindly granted, and by Mrs. Caldecott's further kindness the sketches are again used here.

The contents of this volume have been arranged chronologically as far as is possible.

"The Willow Man" and "Grandmother's Spring" were both written to protest against wantonly wasting Dame Nature's gifts, and the Note on page 69 shows that Mrs. Ewing had learnt this lesson herself in childhood. My Father has lately recalled an incident which he believes first roused our Mother to teach the lesson to us. They were driving to Sheffield one day, when on Bolsover Hill they saw a well known veterinary surgeon of the district, Mr. Peech, who had dismounted from his horse, and was carefully taking up a few roots of white violets from a bank where they grew in some profusion. He showed Mrs. Gatty what he was gathering, but told her he was taking care to leave a bit behind . This happened fully forty years ago, long before the Selborne and other Societies for the preservation of rare plants and birds had come into existence, and Mother was much impressed and pleased by Mr. Peech's delicate scrupulousness.

"A Soldier's Children" was written in 1879, whilst many friends were fighting in South Africa, and ten years before a story bearing the same name was issued by the writer of Bootles' Baby .

The "Songs for Music" appeared in 1874 in a volume called Songs by Four Friends , except the two last poems, "Anemones" and "Autumn Tints." The former was given by Mrs. Ewing to her brother, Mr. Alfred Scott Gatty, to set to music, and it has recently been published by Messrs. Boosey. "Autumn Tints" was found amongst Mrs. Ewing's papers after her death, and is now printed for the first time.

HORATIA K.F. EDEN.

June 1895.

CONTENTS.

VERSES FOR CHILDREN.

THE BURIAL OF THE LINNET

MASTER FRITZ

THE WILLOW MAN

OUR GARDEN

A FRIEND IN THE GARDEN

THREE LITTLE NEST BIRDS

DOLLY'S LULLABY: A NURSERY RHYME

A HERO TO HIS HOBBY HORSE

THE DOLLS' WASH

HOUSE BUILDING AND REPAIRS

THE BLUE BELLS ON THE LEA

AN ONLY CHILD'S TEA PARTY

PAPA POODLE

GRANDMOTHER'S SPRING

BIG SMITH

KIT'S CRADLE

THE MILL STREAM

BOY AND SQUIRREL

LITTLE MASTER TO HIS BIG DOG

A SWEET LITTLE DEAR

BLUE AND RED; OR, THE DISCONTENTED LOBSTER

THE YELLOW FLY: A TALE WITH A STING IN IT

CANADA HOME

THE POET AND THE BROOK: A TALE OF TRANSFORMATIONS

A SOLDIER'S CHILDREN

"TOUCH HIM IF YOU DARE:" A TALE OF THE HEDGE

MOTHER'S BIRTHDAY REVIEW

THE PROMISE

CONVALESCENCE

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