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Said Simple Simon to the pieman,
“Pray, let me taste your ware.”
Said the pieman to Simple Simon,
“Show me first your penny;" Said Simple Simon to the pieman,
“Indeed I have not any."
Simple Simon went a-fishing on
For to catch a whale; All the water he had got
Was in his mother's pail.
Simple Simon went to look
If plums grew on a thistle; He pricked his fingers very much, Which made poor Simon whistle.
THE BRAVE TIN SOLDIER
He was a little tin soldier,
One little leg had he;
Gay as gay could be.
There were five and twenty soldiers
in a box. They had been made from a tin spoon. “Tin soldiers !” cried a little boy. It was his birthday. The boy put the soldiers on the table. How straight they stood ! The last soldier had only one leg. He stood just as straight as the rest. This soldier is the one with the story.
There were little trees before the castle.
said Tin Soldier. “I am afraid she will not have me. She
lives in a castle. I have only a box.” You should have seen his sad face! At night the little boy went to sleep.
Tin Soldier did not.
at the fairy dancer.
She stood there, too, and looked at him. “If I could only know her," said Tin
Soldier to himself.
in the window.
Soldier but he could not.
soldier. Let us make him a boat.” They made a boat out of a newspaper. Then they put Tin Soldier into the boat.