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A Child's Own Book of Verse II by  Ada M. Skinner

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A Child's Own Book of Verse, Book Two
by Ada Skinner
Second volume of A Child's Own Book of Verse, a three-volume set planned for use during the four primary years. This unusually fine collection of poetry was selected with the child's interests in mind. Includes sound rhymes and jingles to appeal to the ear, descriptive poems to create images in the mind's eye, lullabies and lyrics to warm the heart, and story-telling poems to stir the imagination. Attractively illustrated by Maud and Miska Petersham.  Ages 6-9
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THE SING-AWAY BIRD

Have you ever heard of the Sing-away bird,

That sings where the Runaway River

Runs down with its rills to the bald-headed hills

That stand in the sunshine and shiver?

"Oh, sing! sing-away! sing-away!"

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How the pines and the birches are stirred

By the trill of the Sing-away bird!


'T was a white-throated sparrow, that sped a light arrow

Of song from his musical quiver,

And it pierced with its spell every valley and dell

On the banks of the Runaway River.

"Oh, sing! sing-away! sing-away!"

The song of the wild singer had

The sound of a soul that is glad.


And the bald-headed hills, with their rocks and their rills,

To the tune of rapture are ringing;

And their faces grow young, all the gray mists among,

While the forests break forth into singing!

"Oh, sing! sing-away! sing-away!"

And the river runs singing along;

And the flying winds catch up the song.


And, beneath the glad sun, every glad-hearted one

Sets the world to the tune of his gladness:

The swift rivers sing it, the wild breezes wing it,

Till Earth loses thought of her sadness.

"Oh, sing! sing-away! sing-away!"

Oh, sing, happy soul, to joy's Giver,

Sing on, by Time's Runaway River!

—LUCY LARCOM.





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