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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.

When o’er the silent seas alone,
For days and nights we’ve cheerless gone,
Oh, they who’ve felt it know how sweet,
Some sunny morn a sail to meet.

Sparkling at once is ev’ry eye,
“Ship ahoy! ship ahoy!” our joyful cry;
While answering back the sounds we hear,
“Ship ahoy! ship ahoy! what cheer? what cheer?”

Then sails are back’d, we nearer come,
Kind words are said of friends and home;
And soon, too soon, we part with pain,
To sail o’er silent seas again.


A barking dog seldom bites. 
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. 
A cat may look at a king. 
A chip of the old block. 
A day after the fair. 
A fool and his money are soon parted. 
A fool may ask more questions in an hour than a wise man can answer in
  seven years. 
A fool may make money, but it needs a wise man to spend it. 
A friend in need is a friend indeed. 
A good garden may have some weeds. 
A good workman is known by his chips. 
A hard beginning makes a good ending.

* * * * *

Three little kittens lost their mittens,
  And they began to cry: 
“O mother dear, we very much fear
  That we have lost our mittens.”

“Lost your mittens, you naughty kittens! 
  Then you shall have no pie.” 
    “Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow! 
  And we can have no pie. 
    Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow!”

* * * * *

Once I saw a little bird
  Come hop, hop, hop;
So I cried, “Little bird,
  Will you stop, stop, stop?”
And was going to the window
  To say, “How do you do?”
But he shook his little tail,
  And far away he flew.

* * * * *

One misty, moisty morning,
  When cloudy was the weather,
I chanced to meet an old man
  Clothed all in leather;
He began to compliment,
  And I began to grin,—­
“How do you do,” and “How do you do,”
  And “How do you do” again!

* * * * *

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers;
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked;
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

* * * * *

Rid a cock-horse to Banbury-cross
To see an old lady upon a white horse,
Rings on her fingers, and bells on her toes,
And so she makes music wherever she goes.

* * * * *

Three wise men of Gotham
Went to sea in a bowl;
If the bowl had been stronger,
My song would have been longer.

* * * * *

See, saw, sacradown,
Which is the way to London town? 
One foot up, the other foot down,
And that is the way to London town.

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