Image from page 343 of "St. Nicholas [serial]" (1873)
Title: St. Nicholas [serial]
Authors: Dodge, Mary Mapes, 1830-1905
Subjects: Children's literature
Publisher: [New York : Scribner & Co.]
Contributing Library: Information and Library Science Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Digitizing Sponsor: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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OCEAN NOTION. [September, AN OCEAN NOTION. By Joel Stacy. Were I old Neptunes son, you d seeHow soon the waves would bow to me ;And how the fish would gather round,And wag their tails with joy profound.I d bid the sea-gulls tidings bringOf sunny lands where larks do sing;I d roam the icebergs wild, and findA summer suited to my mind ;Or in the gulf-stream warm I d playSo long as winter chose to stay ;I d turn the billows inside out ;Play leap-frog with the water-spout;Swing on the cable, out of sight,Or leap with dolphins to the light.All this I d do, and more beside,Were I old Neptunes joy and pride.His wreathed horn I d lightly blow,And swing his trident to and fro;And when 1 tired of oceans roar,I d take a little turn on shore.If Father feared to trust on landHis fine aquatic four-in-hand,—Why, what of that? I d laugh and goUpon a charger sure and slow —My turtle-steed so fine and grandReady for trip on sea or land.Ah, but I d have right lordly fun,If I were only Neptunes son !
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■884.] THE QUEENS MUSEUM. $37 THE QUEENS MUSEUM.By Frank R. Stockton. There was once a Queen who founded, in hercapital city, a grand museum. This institutionwas the pride of her heart, and she devotednearly all her time to overseeing the collectionof objects for it, and their arrangement in thespacious halls. This museum was intended to ele-vate the intelligence of her people, but the resultwas quite disappointing to the Queen. For somereason, and what it was she could not imagine, thepeople were not interested in her museum. Sheconsidered it the most delightful place in the world,and spent hours every day in examining and study-ing the thousands of objects it contained ; but al-though here and there in the city there was aperson who cared to visit the collection, the greatbody of the people found it impossible to feelthe slightest interest in it. At first this grievedthe Queen, and she tried to make her museumbetter ; but as this did no good, she became veryangry, and she issued a
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