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HARVARD
UNIVERSITY

LIBRARY
047*172

Copyright, 1883,
BY HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN & Co.

All rights reserved.

The Riverside Press, Cambridge :
Electroty ped and Printed by II. O. Houghton & Co.

PREFACE.

now

The compiler of this little book has often heard inquiries by teachers of schools, for selections suitable for reading and recitations by their scholars, in which the duty of kindness to animals should be distinctly taught.

To meet such calls, three successive pamphlets were published, and a fourth consisting of selections from the Poems of Mr. Longfellow. All were received with marked favor by the teachers to whom they became known.

This led to their collection afterwards in one volume for private circulation, and the volume is republished for public sale, with a few omissions and additions.

All who desire our children to be awakened in their schools to the claims of the humbler creatures are invited to see that copies are put in school libraries, that they may be within the reach of all teachers. And this, not for the sake of the creatures only.

As Pope has said, “ Nothing stands alone; the chain holds on, and where it ends, unknown.” Many readers

may be surprised to find how many of the great poets have been touched by the sufferings of

the “innocent animals, and how loftily they have pleaded their cause. The poems

in the collection are not all complete, because of their length in some cases, and, in others, because a part only of each was suited to the end in view. A very few, however, like “ Geist's Grave” and “Don," could not be divided satisfactorily.

To all who have aided in this humble undertaking, heartiest thanks are given, and especially to its publishers who have accorded to it their coveted approval and the benefit of their large facilities for making the volume widely known.

May the lessons of kindness and dependence here taught with so much poetical beauty and with such mingled justice, pathos and humor, find a permanent lodgment in the hearts of all who may read them!

A. F. Boston, Mass., U. S. A., June, 1883.

CONTENTS BY TITLES.

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Introduction

ix Suffering

41

A Prayer:

13 To Lydia Maria Child

41

He Prayeth Best

13 Vivisection

41

Our Morality on Trial

14 Nobility

42

Sympathy.

15 Acts of Mercy

42

Mercy

15 The Good Samaritan

43

Results and Duties of Man's Su- Love

premacy

16 Children at School.

Justice to the Brute Creation 17 Membership of the Church.

Can they Suffer?

18 Feeling for Animals

45

Growth of Humane Ideas

19 Heroic .

45

Moral Lessons

19 Effect of Cruelty

46

Duty to Animals not long recog- Aspiration

46

nized.

20 The Poor Beetle

47

Natural Rights

21 The Consummation

47

“Dumb"

22 | Persevere.

47

Upward

23 A Vision

48

Care for the Lowest

23 Speak Gently

49

Trust

24 Questions

49

Say Not

24 Heroes

50

See, through this Air.

25 For the sake of the Innocent Ani-

The Right must win

26

mals.

50

Animated Nature

27 Ring Out

Animal Happiness .

27 Fame and Duty.

52

No Grain of Sand

28 No Ceremony

53

Humanity, Mercy, and Benevo- True Leaders.

53

lence

29 Be kind to Dumb Creatures

54

Living Creatures

29 Action

55

Nothing Alone

29 “In Him we Live

55

Man's Rule

30 Firm and Faithful

56

Dumb Souls

30 | Heart Service

56

Virtue

31 Exulting Sings

57

Little by Little

31 In Holy Books

57

Loyalty

32 The Bell of Atri

58

Animals and Human Speech 32 Among the Noblest

62

Pity :

33 The Fallen Horse

63

Learn from the Creatures

34 The Horse .

64

Pain to Animals

35 The Birth of the Horse

64

What might have been

35 To his Horse

65

Village Sounds

36 Sympathy for Horse and Hound 66

Buddhism.

36 The Blood Horse

66

Old Hindoo

38 The Cid and Bavieca

67

Truth

38 The King of Denmark's Ride 69

Our Pets

38 Do you know .

71

Egyptian Ritual

39 The Bedouin's Rebuke

72

Brotherhood

39 From “ The Lord of Butrago" 73

A Birthday Address

40 “Bay Billy”.

74

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The Ride of Collins Graves. 77 The Marten

139

Paul Revere's Ride

78 Judge You as You Are

139

Sheridan's Ride .

80 Robert of Lincoln

Good News to Aix

82 My Doves .

140

Dying in Harness

84 The Doves of Venice

142

Plutarch's Humanity

85 Song of the Dove

143

The Horses of Achilles

86 What the Quail says

143

The War Horse

87 Chick-a-dee-dee.

144

Pegasus in Pound

87 The Linnet

145

The Horse

89 Hear the Woodland Linnet 146

From “The Foray”.

90 The Parrot

147

On Landseer's Picture, “ Waiting The Common Question

148

for Master"

90 Why not do it, Sir, To-day

149

The Waterfowl

91 To a Redbreast

150

Sea Fowl

92 Phoebe

150

The Sandpiper

93 To the Stork

152

The Birds of Killingworth

94 The Storks of Delft

The Magpie

99 The Pheasant.

The Mocking-Bird

101 The Herons of Elmwood

. 155

Early Songs and Sounds

102 Walter von der Vogelweid

. 156

The Sparrow's Note

102 The Legend of the Cross-Bill 158

The Glow-Worm

102 Pretty Birds .

158

St. Francis to the Birds

. 103 The Little Bird sits

159

Wordsworth’s Skylark

104 The Living Swan

Shelley's Skylark

105 The Stormy Petrel

Hogg's Skylark

106 To the Cuckoo

162

The Sweet-Voiced Quire .

Birds at Dawn

162

A Caged Lark

108 Evening Songs

164

The Woodlark

109 Little Brown Bird

Keats's Nightingale

Life's Sign

Lark and Nightingale .

. 111

A Bird's Ministry

Flight of the Birds.

112 Of Birds

167

A Child's Wish

113 Birds in Spring

167

The Humming-Bird

114 The Canary in his Cage

The Humming-Bird's Wedding 115 Who stole the Bird's-Nest

The Hen and the Honey-Bee

Who stole the Eggs

Song of the Robin

118 What the Birds say

Sir Robin.

. 119 The Wren's Nest

174

The Dear Old Robins

. 120 On Another's Sorrow

175

Robins quit the Nest

120 The Shepherd's Home

176

Lost - Three Little Robins. 122 The Wood-Pigeon's Home

177

The

Terrible Scarecrow and The Shag

Robins

123 The Lost Bird

178

The Song Sparrow .

124 The Bird's must know

180

The Field Sparrow

125 The Bird King

181

The Sparrow

· 126 Shadows of Birds

181

Piccola and Sparrow

. 127 The Bird and the Ship

182

Little Sparrow

A Myth.

184

The Swallow :

. 129 Cuvier on the Dog

The Emperor's Bird's-Nest . 130 A Hindoo Legend

185

To a Swallow building under our Ulysses and Argus

188

Eaves

132 Tom.

190

The Swallow, the Owl, and the William of Orange saved by his

Cock's Shrill Clarion in the Dog

191

“Elegy”

133 The Bloodhound

192

The Statue over the Cathedrai

Helvellyn.

194

134 Llewellyn and his Dog

195

The Bird let Loose.

. 135 Looking for Pearls

198

The Brown Thrush.

136 Rover

The Golden-Crowned Thrush 136 To my Dog “Blanco »

The Thrush

137 The Beggar and his Dog

202

The Aziola

. 138 Don .

204

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