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Title: Little Lily’s Alphabet

Date of first publication: 1865

Author: Oscar Pletsch (1830-1888)

Date first posted: Feb. 12, 2021

Date last updated: Feb. 12, 2021

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Come, little people, attend to me,
This is a book you will like, I see;
Here are the letters, every one,
Verses and pictures full of fun,
All about little girls and boys,
With apples, and cakes, and pretty toys;
You must learn the Alphabet quickly, too,
That you may be able to read it through.


Mother with Children
A a
Apples, mamma! how very nice!
May I just have one little slice?
No, darling, they are hard and sour,
You will have dinner in an hour.
I am paring some for an apple-pie,
To be baked in the oven by and by.


Mother with Children
B b
Birds! pretty birds, are here with me.
Both are as different as can be;
One can fly—the other can walk;
One can sing—the other can talk;
One is a Robin, who sings a song—
The other our Kate, with her prattling tongue;
One goes to sleep with his wing o'er his head—
The other lies snug in her warm little bed.


Checking the Clocks
C c
Clocks and watches are curious things,
Full of wheels, and chains, and springs!
Open the watch, and let me see
What it is ticks so funnily.
When you are older you will know
What makes the clocks and watches go.


Dolly going for a ride
D d
Dolly is going to have a ride.
Come on, Nelly, and sit by her side.
Your letter, papa! The post goes out,
My horses will prance and jump about.
Where is the letter? I cannot stay;
I shall blow my horn, and gallop away!


Mother with Children
E e
Emma, how can you be so silly!
Are you afraid of cousin Willie?
Look at the cap pull'd o'er his eyes,
The long white beard to make him wise;
Papa's great stick is very long,
See how he caries it along,
Trying to be a wise old man—
Yet learn his book he never can!


Children with Fish
F f
Fishes, fishes, out of the sea,
Springing and jumping about with glee.
You've splash'd the water over the floor,
And wetted my clean white pinafore!
Suppose I should put my finger in—
Would you bite it, I wonder, you little thing?
Stay where you are, poor foolish fish,
Or else you'll be fried and put in a dish!


Grandpapa with Children
G g
Grandpapa, dear grandpapa!
We're come to-day with dear mamma;
We have learnt some verses to say to you,
To wish you joy on your birthday too.
Even Carlo looks as if he could say,
"Many happy returns of the day!"


Hens and chickens
H h
Hens and chickens, come along!
I have something here for you;
Here they come, oh, what a throng!
Cocks and hens and puppies too!
Dash, the house-dog looks quite grave.—
Poor old doggy, you must wait;
Don't you know I always save
Bones for you upon my plate.


Mother with Children
I i
I for a soldier would like to go,
To fight and shoot with a gun, you know.
Alas! my boy, I once felt the same,
And fought for glory and love of fame;
Now I am lame, and a cripple, you see,
That is all fighting has done for me.


Katie in new frock
K k
Katie is two years old to-day,
Her new white frock is very gay;
Her birthday presents are all quite new,
A rabbit, a cake, and a doll's house too.
Katie will give mamma a kiss,
For such pretty toys and a cake like this.


Man with an organ
L l
Lucy, won't you come in and play?
No, I should like to listen all day;
Here's a man with an organ, who plays a tune,
I am very glad I came out so soon.
I have a penny to spend to-day,
I shall give it to him when he goes away.


M m
Madam, any milk to-day?
Come, I have no time to stay.
Knock! knock! does no one hear?
You lazy thing, you do not care.
Knock! knock! Oh, I cannot stay!
Oh, there's a mouse! how it runs away!
Ah! now I can hear a noise and see
A light, which is a pleasure to me.


Children playing
N n
Nelly! I can the lock undo!
Do let me in to play with you.
No, no, Sir! no; you are not good;
You are always naughty, and so rude!
Stay where you are, outside the door,
Well play by ourselves, as we did before.


Old Lady with Children
O o
Oh, Freddy! look at that little boy,
He has a sword—such a pretty toy!
And now he is buying some fruit, you see,
Should you not like some for you and me?
No, Polly, not I—if we spend it all,
We shall have no money to buy a ball.


Making pancakes
P p
Pancakes, mamma! Oh, may I try
To mix the eggs, and milk, and flour?
Then you can fry them by and by,
They will be ready in an hour.
Well, stir it quickly, Isabel,
You must work hard to do it well.


Mother with Children
Q q
Quiet and still dear Annie stands,
While I brush her hair in glossy bands;
Sometimes I pull, and she always tries
To bear it well, and she never cries.
I can plait her hair very quickly now,
And tie the ends with a pretty bow.


Children in the rain
R r
Rain! rain! 'tis raining yet!
Oh, dear, our dinner will be wet;
We'll never mind it, let us try
To find out where the path is dry.
We must go now, so do not stay,
We shall be late at school to-day.


Children with squirrel
S s
Squirrel, squirrel, do look at me,
I have my breakfast here, you see,
It is bread and milk, and I like it so,
You will not eat a piece, I know.
Here is something else that I like as well,
It is almond nut just out of the shell.


Thieves on the roof
T t
Thieves! on the roof, I do declare!
Oh, dear, how could they get up there!
Here's my bag of money, I'll hold it tight,
I'm sure I shall have no sleep to-night.
I hear them knocking! what shall I do?
Must I open the window and scramble through?
You silly man, to be in a fright;
Don't you see it is only a paper kite!


Untie your bonnet
U u
Untie your bonnet, dear nurse; and see,
Here is nice coffee for you and me!
Sit down, I have brought it on a tray;
You must let me wait on you to-day;
I am not a baby now, you know;
Don't you see how tall and strong I grow.


Very naughty children
V v
Very naughty children are here,
They do not know mamma is near!
She has been looking through the door—
I'm afraid if they do it any more—
After all that mamma has said—
They will be punish'd and sent to bed.


Winter is everywhere
W w
Winter is everywhere,
And bitter the north winds blow;
And look, they have made up there
A capital man of snow!
He has a pail on his head,
And a broom stuck in for a gun;
Let us go out—Willie said
There would be plenty of fun.


Mother with Children
Y y
You are worse than ever, dear Harry! How
Can I wash your face while you struggle so?
Ah, dear mamma, it is only fun,
You tickle me so! Will you soon have done?
Well, what do you think papa would say?
If I left you dirty and black all day?


Author with Children
X x Z z
Dear Sir, before we go to bed,
We want you just to look;
You've left the letters X and Z
Out of your pretty book.
Ah! so I have; well, never mind,
To tell the truth, I could not find
Words that would do for X and Z,
To suit my picture book.

[The end of Little Lily’s Alphabet by Oscar Pletsch]