The Youths Coronal

Hannah Flagg Gould
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Title: The Youth's Coronal
Author: Hannah Flagg Gould
Release Date: March 3, 2004 [eBook #11432]
Language: English
Character set encoding: US-ASCII
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Board of Education, Division of Colleges and Universities, PALMM Project, 2001. (Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1850-1869.) See??or?
Author of "Poems," etc., etc.
Whate'er the good instruction may reveal,?The head must take_, before the heart can _feel.?THE MORALIZER.
In preparing the following pages, my aim has been, to produce a book alike entertaining and instructive;--one which, in the reading, should afford an amusement to the mind, pleasant as the spring-blossoms on the tree; and, in its influences on the heart in after life, be like the good fruits that succeed and ripen, to refresh and nourish us, when the vernal season is over and gone, and the voices of the singing-birds are lost in the distance.
Choosing an appropriate title for such a presentation, I have borrowed my idea from the words of the wise king of Israel:--"Hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother; for they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head," &c., and other Scripture passages of similar figurative meaning; for, though often given in a sportive way, it is my design that no moral shall be conveyed in the volume, but such as a good and judicious parent would wish a child to imbibe.
Accept, then, my young Friends, this new CORONAL of the little flowers of poesy which I have woven for you. When you shall have examined and scented it, and found no thorn to pierce--no juice or odor to poison you in its whole circle, wear it for the giver's sake; and enjoy it and profit by its healthful influences, for your own.
Gladly would I feel assured that, in some future years,--when I shall have done with earthly flowers, and you will be engaged in the busy scenes and arduous duties of mature life,--the import of these leaves may from time to time arise to your memory, in all its dewy freshness, like the fragrance which the summer-breeze wafts after us, from the lilies and violets we have passed and left far behind us, in our morning rambles. Then, if not to-day, you will be convinced that I was--as now I am,
Your true Friend,
Newburyport, Mass., August, 1850.
The Sale of the Water-Lily
The Humming-Bird's Anger
The Butterfly's Dream
The Boy and the Cricket
Fanny Spy
Sudden Elevation
The Stricken Bird
The Young Sportsman
The Pebble and the Acorn
The Grasshopper and the Ant
The Rose-Bud of Autumn
Frost, the Winter-Sprite
Vivy Vain
The Lost Kite
The Summer-Morning Ramble
The Shoemaker
The Snow-Storm
The Whirlwind
The Disobedient Skater Boys
Winter and Spring
Tom Tar
The Envious Lobster
The Crocus' Soliloquy
The Bee, Clover, and Thistle
Poor Old Paul
The Sea-Eagle's Fall
The Two Thieves
Jemmy String
The Caterpillar
The Mocking Bird
The Silk-Worm's Will
Dame Biddy
Kit with the Rose
The Captive Butterfly
The Dissatisfied Angler Boy
The Stove and Grate-Setter
Song of the Bees
Summer is Come
The Morning-Glory
The Old Cotter and his Cow
The Speckled One
The Blind Musician
The Lame Horse
The Mushroom's Soliloquy
The Lost Nestlings
The Bat's Flight by Daylight
Idle Jack
David and Goliath
Escape of the Doves
Edward and Charles
The Mountain Minstrel
The Veteran and the Child
Captain Kidd
The Dying Storm
The Little Traveller
=The Sale of the Water-Lily=
And these would sometimes come, and cheer?The widow with a song,?To let her feel a neighbor near,?And wing an hour along.
A pond, supplied by hidden springs,?With lilies bordered round,?Was found among the richest things,?That blessed the widow's ground.
She had, besides, a gentle brook,?That wound the meadow through,?Which from the pond its being took,?And had its treasures too.
Her eldest orphan was a son;?For, children she had three;?She called him, though a little one,?Her hope for days to be.
And well he might be reckoned so;?If, from the tender shoot,?We know the way the branch will grow;?Or, by the flower, the fruit.
His tongue was true, his mind was bright;?His temper smooth and mild:?He was--the parent's chief delight--?A good and pleasant child.
He'd gather chips and sticks of wood?The winter fire to make;?And help his mother dress their food,?Or tend the baking cake.
In summer time he'd kindly lead?His little sisters out,?To pick wild berries on the mead,?And fish the brook for trout.
He stirred his thoughts for ways to earn?Some little gain; and hence,?Contrived the silver pond to turn.?In part, to silver pence.
He found the lilies blooming there?So spicy sweet to smell,?And
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