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SONGS FOR THE NURSERY.
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Are you kind, are you gentle, As children ought to be ?
Then the happiest of nests Is your own nursery!
He had a monstrous inkstand, too,
In which a great goose-feather grew;
He called out in an angry tone,
" Boys, leave the blackamoor alone !
For if he tries with all his might
He can not change from black to white."
But, ah! they did not mind a bit
What Saint Nicholas said of it;
But went on laughing as before,
And hooting at the blackamoor.
Saint Nicholas now foams with rage; Look at him on this very page! He seizes Caspar, seizes Ned, Takes William by his little head,
THE INKY BOYS.
As he had often done before, The woolly-headed blackamoor, One sultry summer's day went out To see the shops and walk about; And as he found it hot, poor fellow, He took with him his green umbrella.
Then Edward, little noisy wag, 'Ran out, and laughed, and waved his flag; And William came, in jacket trim, And brought his wooden hoop with him ; And Caspar, too, snatched up his toys, And joined the other naughty boys; So one and all set up a roar, And laughed and hooted more and more, And kept on singing�only think� " O Blacky, you're as black as ink!"
Saint Nicholas now lived close by�■ So large he almost touched the sky;
And they may scream and kick and call,, But in the ink he dips them all; Into the inkstand, one, two, three, Till they are black as black can be; See, there they are, and there they run r The blackamoor enjoys the fun ! They have been made as black as crowsr Quite black all over, eyes and nose, And legs, and arms, and heads, and toes, And trousers, pinafores, and toys, The silly little inky boys, Because they set up such a roar, And teased the harmless blackamoor I







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