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PAGE 8. —- Mrs. Follen, born in Boston in 1787, died 1860, from whose Nursery Songs “Do you guess it is I?” is taken, wrote pleasant books for children, and an interesting life of her husband, the Rev. Charles Follen.
PAGE 13. — This catch is sung by satyrs in Ben Jonson's beautiful masque, Oberon, the Fairy Prince, written in 1610.
PAGE 35. — Ariel's song in Scene ii., Act 1, of The Tempest, closes with “Hark! hark! the watch-dogs bark.”
PAGE 35.- " The Fables," and also other prose pieces, “Little Red Riding-Hood,"
," "The Three Bears,” and “ The History of Tom Thumb,” are given in traditional version.
PAGE 38. .“ Mary had a Little Lamb” was written by Mrs. Sarah J. Hale, born in Hampshire in 1795, died 1879 in Philadelphia. She published many books, but nothing which is now remembered, except
this little poem.
PAGE 39. — “Little Lamb, who made thee?” is from “ The Lamb," which appeared in Songs of Innocence, the author and printer W. Blake, 1789.
PAGE 54. - 6. There was a little girl” is said to have been an impromptu addressed to one of his own little girls by Mr. Longfellow.
PAGE 57. — The full title is “ Dame Wiggins of Lee and her Seven Wonderful Cats: a humorous tale written principally by a lady of ninety [Mrs. Sharpe], edited, with additional verses, by John Ruskin, LL.D., honorary student of Christ Church, and honorary Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford.” The third, fourth, eighth, and ninth verses are by Mr. Ruskin. “But my rhymes do not read like the real ones," he writes in the preface. And in Fors : “I aver these rhymes [Dame Wiggins of Lee] to possess the primary virtue of rhyme, – that is, to be rhythmical, in a pleasant and exemplary degree.” PAGE 66.
. — “ The Fox, the Ape, and the Humble-Bee” is the jingling ditty, made up by the “fantastical Spaniard,” Armado, and Moth, his page, in Scene i., Act 3, of Love's Labor Lost.
PAGE 87. — “A great while ago " is the last verse of the song sung at the end of Twelfth Night.
PAGE 87. — This version of the Golden Rule is from a reprint of The New England Primer, the popular school book of the children of New England during the eighteenth century.