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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 37 pages of information about Verse and Prose for Beginners in Reading.

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Little girl, little girl, where have you been? 
Gathering roses to give to the queen. 
Little girl, little girl, what gave she you? 
She gave me a diamond as big as my shoe.

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Little Jack Horner sat in the corner,
 Eating a Christmas pie;
He put in his thumb, and he took out a plum,
 And said, “What a good boy am I!”

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Little Johnny Pringle had a little pig;
It was very little, so was not very big. 
As it was playing beneath the shed,
In half a minute poor Piggie was dead. 
So Johnny Pringle he sat down and cried,
And Betty Pringle she lay down and died. 
There is the history of one, two, and three,
Johnny Pringle, Betty Pringle, and Piggie Wiggie.

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  Little Miss Muffet
  She sat on a tuffet,
Eating of curds and whey;
  There came a black spider,
  And sat down beside her,
Which frightened Miss Muffet away.

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  There was a little man,
  And he had a little gun,
And his bullets were made of lead, lead, lead;
  He went to the brook. 
  And he saw a little duck,
And shot it through the head, head, head. 
  He carried it home
  To his wife Joan,
And bade her a fire to make, make, make,
  To roast the little duck,
  He had shot in the brook,
And he’d go and fetch the drake, drake, drake.

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Little Tommy Tucker
  Sing for your supper. 
What shall I sing? 
  White bread and butter.

How shall I cut it
  Without any knife? 
How shall I marry
  Without any wife?

PROVERBS AND POPULAR SAYINGS.

At sixes and sevens. 
Beauty is but skin deep. 
Half a loaf is better than no bread. 
Better late than never. 
Better live well than long. 
Beware of no man more than thyself. 
Birds of a feather will flock together. 
Christmas comes but once a year;
And when it comes, it brings good cheer;
But when it’s gone, it’s never the near. 
Brag is a good dog, but Holdfast is a better. 
By fits and starts. 
By and by is easily said. 
Care will kill a cat. 
Cats hide their claws. 
Constant dropping wears the stone. 
Count not your chickens before they are hatched. 
Debt is the worst poverty. 
Do not spur a free horse. 
Don’t cry till you are out of the wood. 
Drive thy business; let not that drive thee. 
Early to bed, and early to rise,
Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. 
East or west, home is best. 
Enough is as good as a feast. 
Everybody’s business is nobody’s business.

HAPPY THOUGHT.

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