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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   




[275] "The God of Music," by Edith M. Thomas, an Ohio poetess now living. In this sonnet the poetess has touched the power of Wordsworth or Keats and placed herself among the immortals.

The God of Music dwelleth out of doors.

All seasons through his minstrelsy we meet,

Breathing by field and covert haunting-sweet

From organ-lofts in forests old he pours:

A solemn harmony: on leafy floors

To smooth autumnal pipes he moves his feet,

Or with the tingling plectrum of the sleet

In winter keen beats out his thrilling scores.

Leave me the reed unplucked beside the stream.

And he will stoop and fill it with the breeze;

Leave me the viol's frame in secret trees,

Unwrought, and it shall wake a druid theme;

Leave me the whispering shell on Nereid shores.

The God of Music dwelleth out of doors.


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