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The Water-Babies - Charles Kingsley

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The Water Babies


"I heard a thousand blended notes,
While in a grove I sate reclined;
In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts
Bring sad thoughts to the mind.

"To her fair works did Nature link
The human soul that through me ran;
And much it grieved my heart to think,
What man has made of man."


Once upon a time there was a little chimney-sweep, and his name was
Tom.  That is a short name, and you have heard it before, so you
will not have much trouble in remembering it.  He lived in a great
town in the North country, where there were plenty of chimneys to
sweep, and plenty of money for Tom to earn and his master to spend.
He could not read nor write, and did not care to do either; and he
never washed himself, for there was no water up the court where he
lived.  He had never been taught to say his prayers.  He never had
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