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BOOKS FOR CHILDREN

BY

CHARLES AND MARY LAMB


EDITED BY

E.V. LUCAS


WITH A FRONTISPIECE




INTRODUCTION


The present volume contains all the stories and verses for children
which we know Charles and Mary Lamb to have written. The text is that
of the first or second editions, as explained in the Notes. _The
Poetry for Children_ and _Prince Dorus_ have been set up from the late
Andrew W. Tuer's facsimiles. The large edition of this volume contains
all the original pictures, together with the apochryphal _Beauty and
the Beast_.

In Mr. Bedford's design for the cover of this edition certain Elian
symbolism will be found. The upper coat of arms is that of Christ's
Hospital, where Lamb was at school; the lower is that of the Inner
Temple, where he was born and spent many years. The figures at the
bells are those which once stood out from the faηade of St. Dunstan's
Church in Fleet Street, and are now in Lord Londesborough's garden in
Regent's Park. Lamb shed tears when they were removed. The tricksy
sprite and the candles (brought by Betty) need no explanatory words of
mine.

E.V.L.




CONTENTS


TALES FROM SHAKESPEAR

PAGE
Preface 1
The Tempest 3
A Midsummer Night's Dream 13
The Winter's Tale 23
Much Ado About Nothing 33
As You Like It 44
The Two Gentlemen of Verona 58
The Merchant of Venice 69
Cymbeline 81
King Lear 92
Macbeth 106
All's Well that Ends Well 115
The Taming of the Shrew 126
The Comedy of Errors 136
Measure for Measure 148
Twelfth Night; or, What You Will 161
Timon of Athens 173
Romeo and Juliet 184
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark 199
Othello 213
Pericles, Prince of Tyre 225


THE ADVENTURES OF ULYSSES

Preface 240
CHAPTER I. The Cicons--The fruit of the lotos tree--Polyphemus
and the Cyclops--The kingdom of the winds, and god
Ζolus's fatal present--The Lζstrygonian man-eaters 241
CHAPTER II. The House of Circe--Men changed into beasts--The
voyage to hell--The banquet of the dead 250
CHAPTER III. The song of the Sirens--Scylla and Charybdis--The
oxen of the Sun--The judgment--The crew killed by lightning 262
CHAPTER IV. The Island of Calypso--Immortality refused 269
CHAPTER V. The tempest--The sea-bird's gift--The escape by
swimming--The sleep in the woods 273
CHAPTER VI. The Princess Nausicaa--The washing--The game
with the ball--The Court of Phζacia and king Alcinous. 277
CHAPTER VII. The songs of Demodocus--The convoy home--The
mariners transformed to stone--The young shepherd. 283
CHAPTER VIII. The change from a king to a beggar--Eumζus
and the herdsmen--Telemachus 290
CHAPTER IX. The queen's suitors--The battle of the beggars--The
armour taken down--The meeting with Penelope 301
CHAPTER X. The madness from above--The bow of Ulysses--The
slaughter--The conclusion 308


MRS. LEICESTER'S SCHOOL

Dedication 316
Elizabeth Villiers: The Sailor Uncle 319
Louisa Manners: The Farm House 328
Ann Withers: The Changeling 334
Elinor Forester: The Father's Wedding Day 350
Margaret Green: The Young Mahometan 354
Emily Barton: Visit to the Cousins 360
Maria Howe: The Witch Aunt 368
Charlotte Wilmot: The Merchant's Daughter 375
Susan Yates: First Going to Church 378
Arabella Hardy: The Sea Voyage 384


THE KING AND QUEEN OF HEARTS 389


POETRY FOR CHILDREN

Envy 404
The Reaper's Child 404
The Ride 405
The Butterfly 406
The Peach 407
Chusing a Name 408
Crumbs to the Birds 408
The Rook and the Sparrows 409
Discontent and Quarrelling 410
Repentance and Reconciliation 411
Neatness in Apparel 412
The New-born Infant 412
Motes in the Sun-beams 413
The Boy and the Snake 413
The First Tooth 415
To a River in which a Child was Drowned 416
The First of April 416
Cleanliness 417
The Lame Brother 418
Going into Breeches 419
Nursing 420
The Text 421
The End of May 422
Feigned Courage 424
The Broken Doll 425
The Duty of a Brother 426
Wasps in a Garden 427
What is Fancy? 428
Anger 429
Blindness 429
The Mimic Harlequin 430
Written in the First Leaf of a Child's Memorandum Book 430
Memory 431
The Reproof 432
The Two Bees 432
The Journey from School and to School 434
The Orange 435
The Young Letter-Writer 436
The Three Friends 437
On the Lord's Prayer 442
"Suffer little Children, and Forbid them not, to come unto Me" 443
The Magpye's Nest; or, A Lesson of Docility 445
The Boy and the Sky-lark 447
The Men and Women, and the Monkeys 449
Love, Death, and Reputation 449
The Sparrow and the Hen 450
Which is the Favourite? 451
The Beggar-Man 451
Choosing a Profession 452
Breakfast 453
Weeding 454
Parental Recollections 455
The Two Boys 455
The Offer 456
The Sister's Expostulation on the Brother's learning Latin 456
The Brother's Reply 457
Nurse Green 459
Good Temper 460
Moderation in Diet 460
Incorrect Speaking 462
Charity 462
My Birthday 463
The Beasts in the Tower 464
The Confidant 466
Thoughtless Cruelty 466
Eyes 467
Penny Pieces 468
The Rainbow 469
The Force of Habit 470
Clock Striking 470
Why not do it, Sir, To-day? 471
Home Delights 471
The Coffee Slips 472
The Dessert 473
To a Young Lady, on being too Fond of Music 474
Time Spent in Dress 475
The Fairy 476
Conquest of Prejudice 476
The Great-Grandfather 478
The Spartan Boy 479
Queen Oriana's Dream 480
On a Picture of the Finding of Moses by Pharaoh's Daughter 481
David 483
David in the Cave of Adullam 486


THREE POEMS NOT IN "POETRY FOR CHILDREN"

Summer Friends 488
A Birthday Thought 488
The Boy, the Mother, and the Butterfly 489


PRINCE DORUS 490

* * * * *

NOTES 499
INDEX 523
INDEX OF FIRST LINES 529




FRONTISPIECE

CHARLES AND MARY LAMB

From the Painting by F.S.



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