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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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LITTLE SORROW

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Among the thistles on the hill,

In tears, sat little Sorrow;

"I see a black cloud in the west,

'T will bring a storm to-morrow.

And when it storms, where shall I be?

And what will keep the rain from me?

Woe's me!" said little Sorrow.


"But now the air is soft and sweet,

The sun is bright," said Pleasure;

"Here is my pipe,—if you will dance,

I'll wake my merriest measure;

Or, if you choose, we'll sit beneath

The red rose tree, and twine a wreath;

Come, come with me!" said Pleasure.


"O, I want neither dance nor flowers,—

They 're not for me," said Sorrow,

"When that black cloud is in the west,

And it will storm to-morrow!

And if it storm what shall I do?

I have no heart to play with you,—

Go! go!" said little Sorrow.


But lo! when came the morrow's morn,

The clouds were all blown over;

The lark sprang singing from his nest

Among the dewy clover;

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And Pleasure called, "Come out and dance!

To-day you mourn no evil chance;

The clouds have all blown over!"


"And if they have, alas! alas!

Poor comfort that!" said Sorrow;

"For if to-day we miss the storm,

'T will surely come to-morrow,—

And be the fiercer for delay

I am too sore at heart to play;

Woe's me!" said little Sorrow.

—MARIAN DOUGLAS.





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