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Poems Every Child Should Know by  Mary E. Burt

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Poems Every Child Should Know
by Mary E. Burt
An outstanding collection of poems that appeal to both boys and girls, compiled by a teacher who believed in the formative power of learning poetry by heart. 'Children,' she maintains, 'should build for their future and get, while they are children, what only the fresh imagination of the child can assimilate. They should store up an untold wealth of heroic sentiment; they should acquire the habit of carrying a literary quality in their conversation; they should carry a heart full of the fresh and delightful associations and memories connected with poetry hours to brighten mature years. They should develop their memories while they have memories to develop.' The poems are grouped into six sections (The Budding Moment, The Little Child, The Day's at the Morn, Lad and Lassie, On and On, 'Grow Old Along with Me') to make it easier to locate poems that match a child's maturity.  Ages 8-12
391 pages $14.95   




Cupid and my Campasbe played

At cards for kisses. Cupid paid.

He stakes his quiver, bow and arrows,

His mother's doves and team of sparrows.

Loses them, too; then down he throws

The coral of his lips, the rose

Growing on his cheek, but none knows how;

With them the crystal of his brow,

And then the dimple of his chin.

All these did my Campasbe win.

At last he set her both his eyes;

She won and Cupid blind did rise.

Oh, Love, hath she done this to thee!

What shall, alas, become of me!


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