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Poems Every Child Should Know by  Mary E. Burt

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LETTY'S GLOBE

"Letty's Globe" gives us the picture of a little golden-haired girl who covers all Europe with her dainty hands and tresses while giving a kiss to England, her own dear native land. (1808-79.)

When Letty had scarce pass'd her third glad year,

And her young, artless words began to flow,

One day we gave the child a colour'd sphere

Of the wide earth, that she might mark and know,

By tint and outline, all its sea and land.

She patted all the world; old empires peep'd

Between her baby fingers; her soft hand

Was welcome at all frontiers. How she leap'd,

And laugh'd and prattled in her world-wide bliss!

But when we turn'd her sweet unlearned eye

On our own isle, she rais'd a joyous cry,

"Oh! yes, I see it! Letty's home is there!"

And, while she hid all England with a kiss,

Bright over Europe fell her golden hair!


CHARLES TENNYSON TURNER.


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