The Fireside Picture Alphabet or Humour and Droll Moral Tales; or Words & their Meanings Illustrated

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Excerpt TO PRECEPTORS. With learning may laughter be found; "'Tis good to be merry and wise;" To gayly get over the ground, As higher and higher we rise. Some children their letters may learn, While others will surely do more, As the subjects suggestively turn To matters not thought of before. Descriptions and pictures combined Are here made attractive and clear; So suited that children may find From error the truth to appear. A a. Ablution,The Act of Cleansing. The little sweep has washed his face, But not as we advise; For black as soot he's made the soap, And rubbed it in his eyes.  B b. Barter,Exchange. Here's Master Mack presenting fruit, Of which he makes display; He knows he'll soon have Lucy's rope, And with it skip away.C c. Catastrophe,a Final Event, (generally unhappy.) "O, here's a sad catastrophe!" Was Mrs. Blossom's cry; Then—"Water! water! bring to me— Or all my fish will die."D d. Delightful,Pleasant, Charming. These boys are bathing in the stream When they should be at school; The master's coming round to see Who disregards his rule.E e. Eccentricity,Irregularity, Strangeness. We often see things seeming strange; But scarce so strange as this:— Here every thing is mis-applied, Here every change amiss.F f. Fraud,Deceit, Trick, Artifice, Cheat. Here is Pat Murphy, fast asleep, And there is Neddy Bray; The thief a watchful eye doth keep Until he gets away.G g. Genius,Mental Power, Faculty. A little boy with little slate May sometimes make more clear The little thoughts that he would state Than can by words appear.H h. Horror,Terror, Dread. This little, harmless speckled frog Seems Lady Townsend's dread; I fear she'll run away and cry, And hide her silly head.I i. J j. Ichabod at the Jam.——Ichabod, a Christian Name.Jam, a Conserve of Fruits. Enough is good, excess is bad; Yet Ichabod, you see, Will with the jam his stomach cram, Until they disagree.K k. Knowing,Conscious, Intelligent. Tho' horses know both beans and corn, And snuff them in the wind, They also all know Jemmy Small, And what he holds behind.L l. Lucky,Fortunate, Happy by Chance. We must admire, in Lovebook's case, The prompt decision made, As he could not have gained the wood If time had been delayed.M m. Mimic,Imitative, Burlesque. The Gentleman, who struts so fine, Unconscious seems to be Of imitation by the boy Who has the street-door key.N n. Negligence,Heedlessness, Carelessness. The character Tom Slowboy bears Would much against him tell, For any work that's wanted done, Or even play done well.O o. Obstinacy,Stubbornness, Waywardness. The obstinacy of the pig Is nature—as you see; But boys and girls who have a mind Should never stubborn be.P p. Pets,Favorites, Spoilt Fondlings. Some people say that Aunty Gray To animals is kind; We think, instead, they are over fed, And kept too much confined.Q q. Quandary,A Doubt, a Difficulty. Dame Partlett's in difficulty, And looks around with doubt; Let's hope, as she some way got in, She may some way get out....
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