The first (-sixth) 'Standard' reader, Volume 1

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Page 41 - Direct, control, suggest this day, All I design, or do, or say ; That all my powers, with all their might, In Thy sole glory may unite...
Page 14 - A MAN of words and not of deeds Is like a garden full of weeds; And when the weeds begin to grow, It's like a garden full of snow; And when the snow begins to fall, It's like a bird upon the wall; And when the bird away does fly, It's like an eagle in the sky; And when the sky begins to roar, It's like a lion at the door; And when the door begins to crack, It's like a stick across your back; And when your back begins to smart, It's like a penknife in your heart; And when your heart begins to bleed,...
Page 36 - ONCE on a time there were three Billy-goats, who were to go up to the hill-side to make themselves fat, and the name of all three was " Gruff." On the way up was a bridge over a burn they had to cross ; and under the bridge lived a great ugly Troll, with eyes as big as saucers, and a nose as long as a poker. So first of all came the youngest billy-goat Gruff to cross the bridge. " Trip, trap ! trip, trap !
Page 43 - And he saw a bee flying about, first upon one flower, and then upon another ; so he said, Pretty bee ! will you come and play with me 1 But the bee said, No, I must not be idle, I must go and gather honey.
Page 30 - The Sheep. LAZY sheep, pray tell me why In the pleasant fields you lie, Eating grass and daisies white, From the morning till the night ? Every thing can something do, But what kind of use are you...
Page 38 - That was what the big billy-goat said ; and so he flew at the Troll and poked his eyes out with his horns, and crushed him to bits, body and bones, and tossed him out into the burn, and after that he went up to the hill-side. There the billy-goats got so fat, they were scarce able to walk home again ; and if the fat hasn't fallen off them, why they're still fat ; and so — " Snip, snap, snout, This tale's told out.
Page 4 - And away Robin ran; Says little Robin Redbreast, 'Catch me if you can.
Page 33 - Where are you going to-day, Ducky-daddies, Cocky-locky, and Henny-penny?" And they said: "Oh, Goosie-poosie, the sky is falling, and we are going to tell the king.
Page 36 - TRIP, TRAP! TRIP, TRAP! TRIP, TRAP!" went the bridge. "WHO'S THAT tripping over my bridge?" roared the Troll. " Oh ! it's the second billy-goat Gruff, and I 'm going up to the hill-side to make myself fat," said the billy-goat, who hadn't such a small voice.
Page 25 - ... flowing, The small birds twitter, The lake doth glitter, The green field sleeps in the sun ; The oldest and youngest Are at work with the strongest ; The cattle are grazing, Their heads never raising ; There are forty feeding like one ! Like an army defeated The Snow hath retreated, And now doth fare ill On the top of the bare hill ; The Plough-boy is whooping — anon — anon...

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