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THE PETER PAN 



ALPHABET 



BOOKS BY OLIVER HERFORD 

WITH PICTURES BY THE AUTHOR 

PUBLISHED BY CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS 

THE BASHFUL EARTHQUAKE . . .$1.25 

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THE PETER PAN 

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ALPHABET 



By 

OLIVER HERFORD 




New York 

CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS 

1907 



COPYRIGHT 1907 

BY OLIVER HERFORD 

PUBLISHED JANUARY 1907 



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From His Humble and Devoted Servants 



J. M. BARRIE 

s Humble and Devoted 
THE ALPHABET 

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The Lord forgive if we transgress 
Thus to familiarly address 

One of our betters. 
But Jamie, do you no recall 
The slate whereon you learned to scrawl 

Your Humble Letters ? 

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Well we remember how you drew 
Our shapely features all askew, 

Unflattering really. 
You made A lame and B too fat 
And C too curly what of that! 

We loved you dearly. 

From that first day we owned your spell, 
And just because you used us well 

We served you blindly. 
Why, even when you put us through 
A fearsome Scottish Reel, we knew 

You meant it kindly. 



Jamie, 'tis said Grand Tales there be 

^ 
t your golden net. 

e grandest yet 
In store for you. 



Jamie, ns said Lrand 1< 
Still biding in the ABC 

If this be true, 

Quick Jamie ! Cast your golden net. 
Maybe we have the grandest yet 

In store rnr von. 














is for Adams 



So A is for Adams, Oh ! fortunate A 

Luck certainly seems to be coming 
your way. 

In the Days of my Infancy, A I recall 

Stood for Ant or for Apple or anything 
small. 

Now A stands for Adams, Maude 
Adams, Hurray! 

I always said A would be Famous 
some day. 




stands for the Boys 



JD'S for the Boys, all as Busy as B 



as Dees 



They are building a Little House 
under the Trees 

With funny red walls and mossy 
green roof 

Where Wendy may live from danger 
aloof 



C is the Crocodile 




is the Crocodile Creepy who ate 

The right hand of Hook and covets 
its mate 

He makes a loud ticking wherever he 
goes 

For he swallowed a Clock (To kill time 
I suppose) 




is for Doodledoo 



L) is the Dire and Dread DoodleDoo 

With which Peter Daunted the Pirate 
crew, 

And demolished a foolish old Proverb 
for good 

By crowing before he was out of the 
wood 




E is the Exit 

is the Exit the three children made 

With Peter and Tinker for guides, 
Who's afraid? 

They sailed through the window as 
calm as could be 

Like three little Cherubim out for a 
Spree. 



F is the Fight 

L is the Fight, Peter Fought unafraid 

And I 1 is his Falchion (Poetic for 
Blade) 

And l""s the Fine Feeling all Fearless 
Boys Feel 

When they give a Fierce Pirate a taste 
of Cold Steel. 



G is Old Glory 

Cj is Old Glory that Peter upreared, 

When Hook in the Crocodile's smile 
disappeared, 

And the Decks were still wet with the 
terrible stains 

Of Invisible Gore from the Pirate's 
veins. 



H stands for Hook 

I'm sorry forO t tho' I don't call Hook 
mean 

For wanting to Blow Up his own 
Magazine. 

I've known a Good Author blow up, 
in a Huff, 

A Magazine just for not printing his 
Stuff. 




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Fs for the Indian Girl 

Peter Pan was too coy for the Indian 

Miss; 

She sighed for his scalp all she got 
was a kiss. 



J is for John 

is for John (No, he hasn't a Pain; 

He is Red -Handed Jack of the Pirate 
Main) 




K stands for a Kiss 

stands for a Kiss ? Oh, stern 
featured r. \ 

Who would have suspected You'd 
leanings that way ! 

Peter called his a Thimble (/ think 
it sounds tame 

To call Kisses Thimbles but what's 
in a Name !) 












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L is the Lion 




is the Lion who lashed his Fierce 
Tail, 

And did Peter Tremble? did Peter 
turn Pale ? 

Not Much ! 'Twas the Lion who 
moved to adjourn, 

He couldn't turn Tail, Peter left none 
to "urn. 




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cM is for Michael 

JVl is for Michael ssssh ! whisper 
it low ! 

In Pirate Circles he's called Blackbeard 
Joe! 




is for Napoleon and 
Nana 



IN is Napoleon Mystic Profound 

And N is for Nana the Noble Nurse 
Hound 

Two wonderful natures each great 
in his way, 

One's dead and the other is "Having 
his Day" 



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O's for Odds-fish !! 

' s for Odds-fish the Pirate's Oath. 

To print such a word, Gentle Reader, 
I'm loth. 

And should You be guilty of language 
so low, 

1 should have to stop calling you 

" Gentle," you know. 













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is for Peter 



I is for Peter, and so are we all, 

May he ever keep young and his 
Shadow stay Small. 

Yet I think 'tis a pity the White House 
is Bann'd. 

As President, Peter would simply be 
Grand ! 









Quiver 



v^/ is the Quiver from which Tootles 
drew 

The Arrow that nearly pierced poor 
Wendy through. 

'Twas Peter's Kiss Button that 
stopped it Ah me! 

If Kisses <were Buttons how safe 
they would be! 




5 for the Redskins 



Iv s for the Redskins, who Guarded 
the Cave. 

What a Treat to see " Injuns " sit up 
and Behave ! 






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S is the Shadow 

is the Shadow tho' not of much 
use, 

You'd surely be Sorry if Yours Should 
get loose. 

So See to your Shadow be sure its 
on tight, 

When Peter lost his he was in a sad 
plight. 



T is for Tinker Bell 

Poor Tinker Bell's dying, Quick! say 
you Believe 

In Fairies, that Tinker New Life may 



receive 



U is the Underground 

Home 

U 's the underground home mid the 
roots of the trees, 

Where when not slaying Pirates, the 
boys take their ease. 

While Wendy sits mending their shirt- 
waists and hose, 

And the Redskins above Keep watch 
against foes. 




is the Verse 



V's the Vile Verse that the Pirate 
Bawled 

It was not his language so much that 
appalled, 

Nor the Tune nor his Voice which 
was Raucus and Deep 

'Twas the <way that he sang it That 
made your flesh creep. 



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W's Wolves 

Vv 's wolves 'Tis said they will fly 

If you look through your legs at them 
straight in the eye. 

That's how the Boys did it, but if I 
were you, 

I'd experiment first on a wolf in the 
Zoo. 



X is the X Ray 

-A. is the X Ray by whose light 
alone, 

This last fleeting picture of Hook may 
be shown. 




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Y is for Youth 

Y is for Youth to which Peter clung, 

But where is the land where he learned 
to Stay Young ? 

Ask Peter, he'll tell you, Geography 
scorning, 

" Second Turn to the Right and keep 
straight on till Morning " 










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Z is the Zebra 




is the Zebra the Boys didn't meet, 

But without which no Alphabet's 
really complete.