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Very Short Stories and Verses For Children   By: (-1929)

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VERY SHORT STORIES

MRS. W. K. CLIFFORD

[Illustration]

[Illustration: "APPLE BLOSSOM, I AM WAITING; ARE YOU HERE?" P . 14]

VERY SHORT STORIES

AND

VERSES FOR CHILDREN.

BY

MRS. W. K. CLIFFORD,

AUTHOR OF "ANYHOW STORIES," &c.

With Illustrations by Edith Campbell.

LONDON: WALTER SCOTT, 24 WARWICK LANE, PATERNOSTER ROW. 1886.

Preface.

These stories, with the exception of the first one, are reprinted from two little books "Children Busy," etc., and "Under Mother's Wing." They were then only signed with my initials. Some of the verses appear now for the first time.

L. C.

TO YOU AND ETHEL AND ALICE

CONTENTS.

PAGE

MASTER WILLIE 9

SWINGING 17

THE WOODEN DOLL 18

WATCHING 20

THE LIGHT ON THE HILLS 22

WRITING A BOOK 25

THE RABBIT 27

THE SANDY CAT 28

ON THE WAY TO THE SUN 30

IN THE MOONLIGHT 33

THE POOR LITTLE DOLL 35

THE VIOLETS 37

THE FIDDLER 39

THE BROKEN HORSE 40

THE RAINBOW MAKER 41

OVER THE PORRIDGE 43

A COMING DOWN THE STREET 45

THE PROUD BOY 47

SEEKING THE VIOLETS 49

TOMMY'S STOCKINGS 51

MIDSUMMER NIGHT 52

THE LITTLE MAID 54

WAR 55

PEACE 56

MY LITTLE BROTHER 58

THE KITE 59

THE TINKER'S MARRIAGE 61

THE CHILDREN AND THE GARLAND 62

ROUND THE TEA TABLE 64

TOMMY 67

THE SWALLOWS 69

A FIRST LOVE MAKING 71

SMUT 72

SEE SAW 74

THE BAD GIRL 75

MORNING TIME 78

THE PINK PARASOL 80

THE SISTERS 82

THE WHITE RABBITS 83

THE WOODEN HORSE 84

THE DUCK POND 86

THE LITTLE MAID 88

THE DONKEY ON WHEELS 89

COCK A DOODLE 91

THE BOY AND LITTLE GREAT LADY 92

GOOD DAY, GENTLE FOLK 94

MASTER WILLIE.

There was once a little boy called Willie. I never knew his other name, and as he lived far off behind the mountain, we cannot go to inquire. He had fair hair and blue eyes, and there was something in his face that, when you had looked at him, made you feel quite happy and rested, and think of all the things you meant to do by and by when you were wiser and stronger. He lived all alone with the tall aunt, who was very rich, in the big house at the end of the village. Every morning he went down the street with his little goat under his arm, and the village folk looked after him and said, "There goes Master Willie."

The tall aunt had a very long neck; on the top of it was her head, on the top of her head she wore a white cap. Willie used often to look up at her and think that the cap was like snow upon the mountain. She was very fond of Willie, but she had lived a great many years and was always sitting still to think them over, and she had forgotten all the games she used to know, all the stories she had read when she was little, and when Willie asked her about them, would say, "No, dear, no, I can't remember; go to the woods and play." Sometimes she would take his face between her two hands and look at him well while Willie felt quite sure that she was not thinking of him, but of someone else he did not know, and then she would kiss him, and turn away quickly, saying, "Go to the woods, dear; it is no good staying with an old woman... Continue reading book >>




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