This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1912 Excerpt: ... SWEET AND LOW. Sweet and low, sweet and low, Wind of the western sea, Low, low, breathe and blow, Wind of the western sea! Over the rolling waters go; Come from the dying moon, and blow, Blow him again to me; While my little one, while my pretty one, sleeps. Sleep and rest, sleep and rest; Father will come to thee soon. Rest, rest on mother's breast; Father will come to thee soon. Father will come to his babe in the nest; Silver sails all out of the west, Under the silver moon; Sleep, my little one, sleep, my pretty one, sleep! Alfred Tennyson. THE BROWNIES I "Bairns are a burden," said the Tailor to himself as he sat at work. He lived in a village on one of the glorious moors of the north of England; and by bairns he meant children, as every Northman knows. "Bairns are a burden," and he sighed. "Bairns are a blessing," said the old lady in the window. It was the Tailor's mother who spoke. She was a very old woman, and helpless. She was past housework, but all day she sat knitting hearthrugs out of the bits and scraps of cloth that were shred in the tailoring. "Bairns are a blessing!" said she. "It is the family motto." "Are they?" said the Tailor. He had a high respect for his mother, and did not like to contradict her, but he held his own opinion. "Look at Tommy," he broke out suddenly. "That boy does nothing but whittle sticks from morning till night. I have almost to lug him out of bed o' mornings. If I send him on an errand, he loiters;-I'd better have gone myself. If I set him to do anything, I have to tell him everything; I could sooner do it myself. And if he does work, it's done so unwillingly, with such a poor grace; better, far better, to do it myself." "There's Johnnie," murmured the old lady, dreamily. "He has a face like an apple." "And is abo...
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