The Victoria reading books. Introduction to book 1

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Page 8 - HOW doth the little busy bee Improve each shining hour, And gather honey all the day From every opening flower...
Page 6 - One, two, Buckle my shoe; Three, four, Shut the door; Five, six, Pick up sticks; Seven, eight, Lay them straight; Nine, ten, A good fat hen; Eleven, twelve, Who will delve?
Page 41 - Lord ! I my vows to Thee renew : Scatter my sins as morning dew ; Guard my first springs of thought and will, And with Thyself my spirit fill. 5. Direct, control, suggest this day All I design, or do, or say, That all my powers, with all their might, In Thy sole glory may unite.
Page 25 - There are forty feeding like one ! Like an army defeated The snow hath retreated, And now doth fare ill On the top of the bare hill ; The Plough-boy is whooping anon, anon. There's joy in the mountains ; There's life in the fountains ; Small clouds are sailing, Blue sky prevailing ; The rain is over and gone ! William Wordsworth '44* CHORAL SONG OF ILL YRIAN PEASANTS.
Page 14 - A MAN of words and not of deeds Is like a garden full of weeds...
Page 36 - ONCE on a time there were three Billy-goats, who were to go up to the hill-side to make themselves fat, and the name of all three was " Gruff." On the way up was a bridge over a burn they had to cross ; and under the bridge lived a great ugly Troll, with eyes as big as saucers, and a nose as long as a poker. So first of all came the youngest billy-goat Gruff to cross the bridge. " Trip, trap ! trip, trap !
Page 24 - The cock is crowing, The stream is flowing, The small birds twitter, The lake doth glitter, The green field sleeps in the sun; The oldest and youngest Are at work with the strongest; The cattle are grazing, Their heads never raising; There are forty feeding like one! Like an army defeated The Snow hath retreated, And now doth fare ill On the top of the bare hill...
Page 28 - A country life is sweet ! In moderate cold and heat, To walk in the air, how pleasant and fair, In every field of wheat, The fairest of flowers adorning the bowers, And every meadow's brow ; So that I say, no courtier may Compare with them who clothe in grey, And follow the useful plough.
Page 30 - The Sheep. LAZY sheep, pray tell me why In the pleasant fields you lie, Eating grass and daisies white, From the morning till the night ? Every thing can something do, But what kind of use are you...
Page 4 - And away Robin ran; Says little Robin Redbreast, 'Catch me if you can.

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