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Dainty Verse for Little Folk

by Augusta Hancock

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THE SURPRISE: We've got a surprise at our house,/ And it isn't a dog or a cat,/ Or a bird in a cage at the window,/ Or anything just like that; / It was there when we woke up this morning,/ And it's not any kind of toy,/ But I don't think you'll guess, so I'll tell you -/ It's a dear little baby boy.
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PREFACE: In writing Dainty Verses I have had in my mind the requirements of children in the Infants' and Junior Schools, hoping that the little poems will be found suitable for recitation, and may help to make school-time pleasant as well as profitable for them. The little Nature poems will, I trust, incite in them a love of the beautiful out-of-door world, and lead them to notice the seasons as they pass with their varying blossoms and birds, and the verses with a moral will teach their little lessons of kindness and sympathy and making others happy. I have endeavoured to promote a spirit of refinement which will, I think, appeal to cultured minds as well as to the little ones, and I hope that learning and reciting these poems may not only occupy some happy half-hours in school, but may lay the foundation of a love of really good poetry which will have its ennobling influence on their after-lives. If my little verses can lead the way to what is high-minded and beautiful and good, then indeed their object will have been amply attained, and their writer will be as happy as the children whom she has tried to please.
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