Louisa May Alcott
To The First Born by Louisa May Alcott

To The First Born by Louisa May Alcott

WELCOME, welcome, little stranger, Fear no harm, and fear no danger; We are glad to see you here, For you sing 'Sweet Spring is near.' Now the white snow melts away; Now the ...

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From The Short Story What The Swallows Did by Louisa May Alcott

From The Short Story What The Swallows Did by Louisa May Alcott

Swallow, swallow, neighbor swallow, Starting on your autumn flight, Pause a moment at my window, Twitter softly your good-night; For the summer days are over, All your duties are ...

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From Our Happy Home by Louisa May Alcott

From Our Happy Home by Louisa May Alcott

From our happy homeThrough the world we roamOne week in all the year,Making winter springWith the joy we bring,For Christmas-tide is here.Now the eastern starShines from afarTo ...

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Transfiguration by Louisa May Alcott

Transfiguration by Louisa May Alcott

Mysterious death! who in a single hour Life's gold can so refine And by thy art divine Change mortal weakness to immortal power! Bending beneath the weight of eighty years Spent ...

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A Little Bird I Am by Louisa May Alcott

A Little Bird I Am by Louisa May Alcott

'A little bird I am,Shut from the fields of air,And in my cage I sit and singTo Him who placed me there:Well pleased a prisoner to be,Because, my God, it pleases Thee!'Naught have ...

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Brighter Shone The Golden Shadows by Louisa May Alcott

Brighter Shone The Golden Shadows by Louisa May Alcott

Brighter shone the golden shadows;On the cool wind softly cameThe low, sweet tones of happy flowers,Singing little Violet's name.'Mong the green trees was it whispered,And the ...

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For Myself Alone, I Would Not Be by Louisa May Alcott

For Myself Alone, I Would Not Be by Louisa May Alcott

'For myself alone, I would not beAmbitious in my wish; but, for you,I would be trebled twenty times myself;A thousand times more fair,Ten thousand times more rich.'

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Fairy Song by Louisa May Alcott

Fairy Song by Louisa May Alcott

The moonlight fades from flower and rose And the stars dim one by one; The tale is told, the song is sung, And the Fairy feast is done. The night-wind rocks the sleeping flowers, ...

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Clover-Blossom by Louisa May Alcott

Clover-Blossom by Louisa May Alcott

In a quiet, pleasant meadow,Beneath a summer sky,Where green old trees their branches waved,And winds went singing by;Where a little brook went ripplingSo musically low,And ...

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Fragments by Louisa May Alcott

Fragments by Louisa May Alcott

I am the monarch of the Sea,The ruler of the Queen's Navee,--When at anchor here I ride,My bosom swells with pride,And I snap my fingers at a foeman's taunts.And so do his ...

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From The Short Story A Christmas Dream, And How It Came True by Louisa May Alcott

From The Short Story A Christmas Dream, And How It Came True by Louisa May Alcott

From our happy home Through the world we roam One week in all the year, Making winter spring With the joy we bring For Christmas-tide is here. Now the eastern star Shines from ...

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Lullaby by Louisa May Alcott

Lullaby by Louisa May Alcott

Now the day is done, Now the shepherd sun Drives his white flocks from the sky; Now the flowers rest On their mother's breast, Hushed by her low lullaby. Now the glowworms glance, ...

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The Rock And The Bubble by Louisa May Alcott

The Rock And The Bubble by Louisa May Alcott

Oh! a bare, brown rock Stood up in the sea, The waves at its feet Dancing merrily. A little bubble Once came sailing by, And thus to the rock Did it gayly cry,-- "Ho! clumsy brown ...

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Thoreau’s Flute by Louisa May Alcott

Thoreau’s Flute by Louisa May Alcott

We sighing said, "Our Pan is dead; His pipe hangs mute beside the river Around it wistful sunbeams quiver, But Music's airy voice is fled. Spring mourns as for untimely frost; The ...

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Flowers, Dear Flowers, Farewell! by Louisa May Alcott

Flowers, Dear Flowers, Farewell! by Louisa May Alcott

'We are sending you, dear flowers,Forth alone to die,Where your gentle sisters may not weepO'er the cold graves where you lie;But you go to bring them fadeless lifeIn the bright ...

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From The Short Story Shadow-Children by Louisa May Alcott

From The Short Story Shadow-Children by Louisa May Alcott

Little shadows, little shadows Dancing on the chamber wall, While I sit beside the hearthstone Where the red flames rise and fall. Caps and nightgowns, caps and nightgowns, My ...

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Lily-Bell And Thistledown Song I by Louisa May Alcott

Lily-Bell And Thistledown Song I by Louisa May Alcott

Awake! Awake! for the earliest gleam Of golden sunlight shines On the rippling waves, that brightly flow Beneath the flowering vines. Awake! Awake! for the low, sweet chant Of the ...

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Lily-Bell And Thistledown Song Ii by Louisa May Alcott

Lily-Bell And Thistledown Song Ii by Louisa May Alcott

Thistledown in prison sings:Bright shines the summer sun,Soft is the summer air;Gayly the wood-birds sing,Flowers are blooming fair.But, deep in the dark, cold rock,Sadly I ...

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I Write About The Butterfly by Louisa May Alcott

I Write About The Butterfly by Louisa May Alcott

'I write about the butterfly,It is a pretty thing;And flies about like the birds,But it does not sing.'First it is a little grub,And then it is a nice yellow cocoon,And then the ...

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‘The Frost-King’ Song Ii by Louisa May Alcott

‘The Frost-King’ Song Ii by Louisa May Alcott

Brighter shone the golden shadows; On the cool wind softly came The low, sweet tones of happy flowers, Singing little Violet's name. 'Mong the green trees was it whispered, And ...

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My Kingdom by Louisa May Alcott

My Kingdom by Louisa May Alcott

A little kingdom I possess where thoughts and feelings dwell, And very hard I find the task of governing it well; For passion tempts and troubles me, A wayward will misleads, And ...

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Chevalita by Louisa May Alcott

Chevalita by Louisa May Alcott

'Chevalita,Pretty cretr,I do love herLike a brother;Just to rideIs my delight,For she does notKick or bite,'

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Our Little Ghost by Louisa May Alcott

Our Little Ghost by Louisa May Alcott

Oft, in the silence of the night, When the lonely moon rides high, When wintry winds are whistling, And we hear the owl's shrill cry, In the quiet, dusky chamber, By the ...

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Chingery Wangery Chan by Louisa May Alcott

Chingery Wangery Chan by Louisa May Alcott

'In China there lived a little man,His name was Chingery Wangery Chan.''His legs were short, his feet were small,And this little man could not walk at all.''Chingery changery ri ...

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Gingerbread by Louisa May Alcott

Gingerbread by Louisa May Alcott

'Gingerbread,Go to the head.Your task is done;A soul is won.Take it and goWhere muffins grow,Where sweet loaves riseTo the very skies,And biscuits fairPerfume the air.Away, ...

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‘The Rose Family’ Song 1 by Louisa May Alcott

‘The Rose Family’ Song 1 by Louisa May Alcott

O flower at my window Why blossom you so fair, With your green and purple cup Upturned to sun and air? 'I bloom, blithesome Bessie, To cheer your childish heart; The world is full ...

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‘The Rose Family’ Song Ii by Louisa May Alcott

‘The Rose Family’ Song Ii by Louisa May Alcott

O lesson well and wisely taught Stay with me to the last, That all my life may better be For the trial that is past. O vanity, mislead no more! Sleep, like passions, long! Wake, ...

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‘The Frost-King’ Song 1 by Louisa May Alcott

‘The Frost-King’ Song 1 by Louisa May Alcott

We are sending you, dear flowers Forth alone to die, Where your gentle sisters may not weep O'er the cold graves where you lie; But you go to bring them fadeless life In the ...

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And If Your Nancy Frowns, My Lad by Louisa May Alcott

And If Your Nancy Frowns, My Lad by Louisa May Alcott

''And if your Nancy frowns, my lad,And scorns a jacket blue,Just hoist your sails for other ports,And find a maid more true.''

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He Prayeth Best Who Loveth Best by Louisa May Alcott

He Prayeth Best Who Loveth Best by Louisa May Alcott

'He prayeth best who loveth bestAll things, both great and small;For the dear God who loveth us,He made and loveth all.'

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My Frost-King  –  Song I by Louisa May Alcott

My Frost-King – Song I by Louisa May Alcott

We are sending you, dear flowersForth alone to die,Where your gentle sisters may not weepO'er the cold graves where you lie;But you go to bring them fadeless lifeIn the bright ...

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A Song From The Suds by Louisa May Alcott

A Song From The Suds by Louisa May Alcott

Queen of my tub, I merrily sing,While the white foam raises high,And sturdily wash, and rinse, and wring,And fasten the clothes to dry; Then out in the free fresh air they ...

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In The Garret by Louisa May Alcott

In The Garret by Louisa May Alcott

Four little chests all in a row,Dim with dust, and worn by time,All fashioned and filled, long ago,By children now in their prime.Four little keys hung side by side,With faded ...

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The Lay Of A Golden Goose by Louisa May Alcott

The Lay Of A Golden Goose by Louisa May Alcott

Long ago in a poultry yard One dull November morn, Beneath a motherly soft wing A little goose was born. Who straightway peeped out of the shell To view the world beyond, Longing ...

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Don’T Drive Me Away by Louisa May Alcott

Don’T Drive Me Away by Louisa May Alcott

'Don't drive me away,But hear what I say:Bad men want the gold;They will steal it to-night,And you must take flight;So be quiet and busy and bold.''Slip away with me,And you will ...

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Give Me Freshening Breeze, My Boys by Louisa May Alcott

Give Me Freshening Breeze, My Boys by Louisa May Alcott

'Give me freshening breeze, my boys,A white and swelling sail,A ship that cuts the dashing waves,And weathers every gale.What life is like a sailor's life,So free, so bold, so ...

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Lily-Bell by Louisa May Alcott

Lily-Bell by Louisa May Alcott

'Bright shines the summer sun,Soft is the summer air;Gayly the wood-birds sing,Flowers are blooming fair.'But, deep in the dark, cold rock,Sadly I dwell,Longing for thee, dear ...

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Hello! Hello! by Louisa May Alcott

Hello! Hello! by Louisa May Alcott

'Hello! hello!Come down below,--It's lovely and coolOut here in the pool;On a lily-pad floatFor a nice green boat.Here we sit and singIn a pleasant ring;Or leap frog play,In the ...

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Bide A Wee by Louisa May Alcott

Bide A Wee by Louisa May Alcott

'The puir auld folk at home, ye mind,Are frail and failing sair;And weel I ken they'd miss me, lad,Gin I come hame nae mair.The grist is out, the times are hard,The kine are only ...

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He That Is Down Need Fear No Fall by Louisa May Alcott

He That Is Down Need Fear No Fall by Louisa May Alcott

He that is down need fear no fall,He that is low no pride.He that is humble ever shallHave God to be his guide.I am content with what I have,Little be it, or much.And, Lord! ...

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Here’s A Nut by Louisa May Alcott

Here’s A Nut by Louisa May Alcott

'Here's a nut, there's a nut;Hide it quick away,In a hole, under leaves,To eat some winter day.Acorns sweet are plenty,We will have them all:Skip and scamper livelyTill the last ...

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The Mother Moon by Louisa May Alcott

The Mother Moon by Louisa May Alcott

THE moon upon the wide sea Placidly looks down, Smiling with her mild face, Though the ocean frown. Clouds may dim her brightness, But soon they pass away, And she shines out, ...

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My Doves by Louisa May Alcott

My Doves by Louisa May Alcott

OPPOSITE my chamber window, On the sunny roof, at play, High above the city's tumult, Flocks of doves sit day by day. Shining necks and snowy bosoms, Little rosy, tripping feet, ...

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My Frost-King  –  Song Ii by Louisa May Alcott

My Frost-King – Song Ii by Louisa May Alcott

Brighter shone the golden shadows;On the cool wind softly cameThe low, sweet tones of happy flowers,Singing little Violet's name.'Mong the green trees was it whispered,And the ...

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A Lament For S. B. Pat Paw by Louisa May Alcott

A Lament For S. B. Pat Paw by Louisa May Alcott

We mourn the loss of our little pet,And sigh o'er her hapless fate,For never more by the fire she'll sit,Nor play by the old green gate.The little grave where her infant sleepsIs ...

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Fragments From by Louisa May Alcott

Fragments From by Louisa May Alcott

Love comes to all soon or late,And maketh gay or sad;For every bird will find its mate,And every lass a lad,

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Here Is The Bracelet by Louisa May Alcott

Here Is The Bracelet by Louisa May Alcott

'Here is the braceletFor good little MayTo wear on her armBy night and by day.When it shines like the sun,All's going well;But when you are bad,A sharp prick will tell.Farewell, ...

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Beds To The Front Of Them by Louisa May Alcott

Beds To The Front Of Them by Louisa May Alcott

'Beds to the front of them,Beds to the right of them,Beds to the left of them,Nobody blundered.Beamed at by hungry souls,Screamed at with brimming bowls,Steamed at by army ...

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French Song by Louisa May Alcott

French Song by Louisa May Alcott

'J'avais une colombe blanche,J'avais un blanc petit pigeon,Tous deux volaient, de branche en branche,Jusqu'au faite de mon dongeon:Mais comme un coup de vent d'automne,S'est ...

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I Wish I Had A Quiet Tomb by Louisa May Alcott

I Wish I Had A Quiet Tomb by Louisa May Alcott

'I wish I had a quiet tomb,Beside a little rill;Where birds, and bees, and butterflies,Would sing upon the hill.'

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