The Brownies: Their Book

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Author: Palmer Cox
Published: 1887
Language: English
Wordcount: 17,568 / 63 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.3
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 896
Added to site: 2010.05.03
mnybks.net#: 27584
Origin: gutenberg.org

BROWNIES, like fairies and goblins, are imaginary little sprites, who are supposed to delight in harmless pranks and helpful deeds. They work and sport while weary households sleep, and never allow themselves to be seen by mortal eyes.

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ey go,

                  And said, "Why let another day
                  Come creeping in to drag away?
                          Let's active measures now employ
                          To seize at once the promised joy.
                      On bicycles quick let us ride,
                      While yet our wants may be supplied."

So when the town grew hushed and still,
The Brownies ventured down the hill.

              And soon the band was drawing nigh
              The building with the chimneys high.

[Illustration]

When people lock their doors at night,
And double-bolt them left and right,
And think through patents, new and old,
To leave the burglars in the cold,
The cunning Brownies smile to see
The springing bolt and turning key;
For well they know if fancy leads
Their band to venture daring deeds,
The miser's gold, the merchant's ware
To them is open as the air.

[Illustration]

Not long could door o

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