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Children's Rhymes. Children's Games, Children's Songs, Children's Stories
Children's Songs and Ballads - The North Wind

Yet another song of the Robin which has moistened the eyes of many a youthful vocalist. I don't know that it ever had a title, but we will call it "The North Wind".

The North wind doth blow,
And we shall have snow,
And what will the Robin do then, poor thing?

He will sit in the barn,
And keep himself warm,
With his little head under his wring, poor thing.

It is not claimed for these pieces that they belong to any high order of verse-- though really, in more senses than one, they belong to the very first. In point of popularity alone, they are not surpassed by "Paradise Lost," nor by the plays of Shakespeare, or the songs of Burns. Then, they have so thoroughly commanded the interest and engaged the affections of the -wee folks, that, with old and young; alike—for the young so soon grow into the old, alas!—there are no compositions in the world better secured for the honour and glory of immortal fame. They have not been very often printed, I have said— not often in recent years, at least —and the reason, I suppose, is because it was not deemed ]necessary to set out in print what everybody knows so well by heart. It must be refreshing for the eye, however, to scan what is so familiar to the ear, and I make no apology - yea, I hope to be thanked for their appearance in this little book for bairns and big folk. Let the next be...

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