The Century Co.
Copyright, 1888, 1889, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894,
By The Century Co.
Copyright, 1894, by Oliver Herford.
The De Vinne Press.
Table of Contents.
The pictures in “The Point of View” are used by permission of Messrs. Harper and Brothers.
As he merrily set the sails;
“I sail o’er the ocean to-day
To look at the Prince of Wales!”
“Why tempt the angry gales?”
“I’m going,” the kitten replied,
“To look at the Prince of Wales!
I’ve tumbled full oft into pails
And nearly been drowned—and yet
I must look at the Prince of Wales!”
Is deeper than many pails!”
Said the kitten,“I shall not sleep
Till I’ve looked at the Prince of Wales!”
And think of the sad sea tales.”
“Ah, yes,” said the kitten, “but think,
Oh, think of the Prince of Wales!”
“If you live through the angry gales
You know you will be afraid
To look at the Prince of Wales!”
Why should he make me wince?
If ‘a Cat may look at a King,’
A kitten may look at a Prince!”
The Artful Ant.
Resolved to give a ball,
For tho’ in stature she was scant,
She was not what you’d call
A shy or bashful little Ant.
(She was not shy at all.)
The forest far and wide,
To all the Birds and Beasts she knew,
And many more beside.
(“You never know what you can do,”
Said she, “until you’ve tried.”)
Faster than she could read.
Said she: “Dear me! I’d best begin
To stir myself indeed!”
(A pretty pickle she was in,
With five-score guests to feed!)
A-thinking o’er and o’er,
How she could make from nothing, quite
Enough to feed five-score.
(Between ourselves I think she might
Have thought of that before.)
And all the following day,
Till suddenly she struck a bright
Idea, which was—(but stay!
Just what it was I am not quite
At liberty to say.)
Came round, the Ant was seen
To smile in a peculiar way,
As if—(but you may glean
From seeing tragic actors play
The kind of smile I mean.)
The happy creatures came,
The Fish alone could not be there.
(And they were not to blame.
“They really could not stand the air,
But thanked her just the same.”)
Said to the Ant: “I ne’er
Since Noah’s Ark remember so
Delightful an affair.”
(A pretty compliment, although
He really wasn’t there.)
It was a jolly sight!
They pranced, and pranced, and pranced, and pranced,
Till it was nearly light!
And then their thoughts to supper chanced
To turn. (As well they might!)
That supper should begin,
And if you will be so polite,
Pray take each other in.”
(The emphasis was very slight,
But rested on “Take in.”)
They took the hint. Oh, yes,
The largest guest “took in” the small,
The small “took in” the less,
The less “took in” the least of all.
(It was a great success!)
This narrative of woe?—
The Lion took them in about
As fast as they could go.
(And went home looking very stout,
And walking very slow.)
Lost to all sense of shame,
Tried it again, I chance to know
That not one answer came.
(Save from the Fish, who “could not go,
But thanked her all the same.”)
The Gifted Ant.
Than keep starvation from her door,
Once cast about that she might find
An occupation to her mind.
Can, as a rule, make both ends meet.
Unhappily, this was not quite
The case with her of whom I write.
“I ought to exercise my brain.
The only thing for me, it’s clear,
Is a professional career!”
Until one day there crossed her mind
The proverb bidding sluggards gaze
Upon the ant to learn her ways.
I’ll advertise without delay.
Things are come to a pretty pass,
If I can’t teach a sluggard class!”
And wrote some cards that very day;
And hung them in the grass—a plan
To catch the sluggard’s eye. They ran
An education to acquire
Will find it well to call to-day
Upon Professor Ant, B. A.
Her Sluggard Class, she begs to state,
Reopens at an early date
With several vacancies—a chance
To The Ant
To her abode, a sign which read,
“Go to the Ant,” and hung beside
Her picture, highly magnified.
To bring a Turtle, Sloth, or Snail,
A Dormouse, or a Boy, to learn
Their livelihood (and mine) to earn!
The joyousness of industry;
And they, to grasp my meaning more,
Shall gather in my winter store.
I’ll next endeavor to impress
Upon their minds at meals. (N. B.
That is—if they should board with me.)
(My present house is far from dry)—
In short, all Honest Toil I’ll teach
(And they shall practise what I preach).”