57 Works of Howard Pyle
p>But it is not always the lucky one that carries away the plums; sometimes he only shakes the tree, and the wise man pockets the fruit.
Once upon a long, long time ago, and in a country far, far away, there lived two men in the same town and both were named Selim; one was Selim [...]
Once upon a time there was a king who had three sons, and by the time that the youngest prince had down upon his chin the king had grown so old that the cares of the kingdom began to rest over-heavily upon his shoulders. So he called his chief councillor and told him that he [...]
Once upon a time, in the old, old days, there lived a king who had a head upon his shoulders wiser than other folk, and this was why: though he was richer and wiser and greater than most kings, and had all that he wanted and more into the bargain, he was so afraid of [...]
Many and many a man has come to trouble–so he will say–by following his wife’s advice. This is how it was with a man of whom I shall tell you.
There was once upon a time a fisherman who had fished all day long and had caught not so much as a sprat. So at night [...]
Once upon a time there was a king who did the best he could to rule wisely and well, and to deal justly by those under him whom he had to take care of; and as he could not trust hearsay, he used every now and then to slip away out of his palace and [...]
Once upon a time there was a wise man of wise men, and a great magician to boot, and his name was Doctor Simon Agricola.
Once upon a time there was a simpleton of simpletons, and a great booby to boot, and his name was Babo.
Simon Agricola had read all the books written by man, and [...]
Once upon a time, in a country in the far East, a merchant was travelling towards the city with three horses loaded with rich goods, and a purse containing a hundred pieces of gold money. The day was very hot, and the road dusty and dry, so that, by-and-by, when he reached a spot where [...]
Once upon a time there was a servant who served a wise man, and cooked for him his cabbage and his onions and his pot-herbs and his broth, day after day, time in and time out, for seven years.
In those years the servant was well enough contented, but no one likes to abide in the [...]
When man’s strength fails, woman’s wit prevails
In the days when the great and wise King Solomon lived and ruled, evil spirits and demons were as plentiful in the world as wasps in summer.
So King Solomon, who was so wise and knew so many potent spells that he had power over evil such as no man [...]
There were three students who were learning all that they could. The first was named Joseph, the second was named John, and the third was named Jacob Stuck. They studied seven long years under a wise master, and in that time they learned all that their master had to teach them of the wonderful things [...]
Give a fool heaven and earth, and all the stars, and he will make ducks and drakes of them.
Once upon a time there was an old man, who, by thrifty living and long saving, had laid by a fortune great enough to buy ease and comfort and pleasure for a lifetime.
By-and-by he died, and the [...]
There was one Beppo the Wise and another Beppo the Foolish
The wise one was the father of the foolish one.
Beppo the Wise was called Beppo the Wise because he had laid up a great treasure after a long life of hard work.
Beppo the Foolish was called Beppo the Foolish because he spent in five years [...]
In the old, old days when men were wiser than they are in these times, there lived a great philosopher and magician, by name Nicholas Flamel. Not only did he know all the actual sciences, but the black arts as well, and magic, and what not. He conjured demons so that when a body passed [...]
Once upon a time St. Nicholas came down into the world to take a peep at the old place and see how things looked in the spring-time. On he stepped along the road to the town where he used to live, for he had a notion to find out whether things were going on nowadays [...]
There was once upon a time a man whom other men called Aben Hassen the Wise. He had read a thousand books of magic, and knew all that the ancients or moderns had to tell of the hidden arts.
The King of the Demons of the Earth, a great and hideous monster, named Zadok, was his [...]
Once upon a time there came a soldier marching along the road, kicking up a little cloud of dust at each step–as strapping and merry and bright-eyed a fellow as you would wish to see in a summer day. Tramp! tramp! tramp! he marched, whistling as he jogged along, though he carried a heavy musket [...]
A very famous pirate of his day was Capt. Robertson Keitt.
Before embarking upon his later career of infamy, he was, in the beginning, very well known as a reputable merchant in the island of Jamaica. Thence entering, first of all, upon the business of the African trade, he presently, by regular degrees, became [...]
The author of this narrative cannot recall that, in any history of the famous pirates, he has ever read a detailed and sufficient account of the life and death of Capt. John Scarfield. Doubtless some data concerning his death and the destruction of his schooner might be gathered from the report of Lieutenant Mainwaring, now [...]
Cape May and Cape Henlopen form, as it were, the upper and lower jaws of a gigantic mouth, which disgorges from its monstrous gullet the cloudy waters of the Delaware Bay into the heaving, sparkling blue-green of the Atlantic Ocean. From Cape Henlopen as the lower jaw there juts out a long, curving fang of [...]
We, of these times, protected as we are by the laws and by the number of people about us, can hardly comprehend such a life as that of the American colonies in the early part of the eighteenth century, when it was possible for a pirate like Capt. Teach, known as Blackbeard, to exist, and [...]
An Old-time Story of the Days of Captain Kidd
To tell about Tom Chist, and how he got his name, and how he came to be living at the little settlement of Henlopen, just inside the mouth of the Delaware Bay, the story must begin as far back as 1686, when a great storm [...]
Being an Account of Certain Adventures that Befell Henry Mostyn Under Capt. H. Morgan in the Year 1665-66
Although this narration has more particularly to do with the taking of the Spanish vice admiral in the harbor of Porto Bello, and of the rescue therefrom of Le Sieur Simon, his wife and daughter (the [...]
It is not so easy to tell why discredit should be cast upon a man because of something that his grandfather may have done amiss, but the world, which is never overnice in its discrimination as to where to lay the blame, is often pleased to make the innocent suffer in the place of the [...]
Just above the northwestern shore of the old island of Hispaniola–the Santo Domingo of our day–and separated from it only by a narrow channel of some five or six miles in width, lies a queer little hunch of an island, known, because of a distant resemblance to that animal, as the Tortuga de Mar, or [...]
Once upon a time there was a lad named Jacob Boehm, who was a practical huntsman.
One day Jacob said to his mother, “Mother, I would like to marry Gretchen–the nice, pretty little daughter of the Herr Mayor.”
Jacob’s mother thought that he was crazy. “Marry the daughter of the Herr Mayor, indeed! You want to marry [...]
A merry young shoemaker,And a tailor, and a baker,Went to seek their fortunes, for they had been told,Where a rainbow touched the ground,(If it only could be found,)Was a purse that should be always full of gold.
So they traveled day by day,In a jolly, jocund wayTill the shoemaker a pretty lass espied;When quoth he, “It [...]
Twelve geeseIn a row(So theseAlways go).Down-hillThey meander,Tail to bill;First the gander.So they stalked,Bold as brassAs they walkedTo the grass.
SuddenlyStopped the throng;Plain to seeSomething’s wrongYes; there isSomething white!No quiz;Clear to sight.(‘Twill amuseWhen you’re told‘Twas a news-Paper old.)
Gander spoke.Braver birdNever brokeEgg, I’ve heard:“Stand hereSteadily,Never fear,Wait for me.”
Forth he went,Cautious, slow,Body bent,Head low.All the restStood fast,Waiting forWhat passed.
I saw an old woman go up a steep hill,And she chuckled and laughed, as she went, with a will.And yet, as she went,Her body was bent,With a load as heavy as sins in Lent.
“Oh! why do you chuckle, old woman;” says I,“As you climb up the hill-side so steep and so high?”“Because, don’t you [...]
(Ye first opinion)
A noisy chattering Magpie onceA talking gabbling hairbrained dunceCame by where a sign-post stood.He nodded his head with a modish airAnd said “good day” for he wasn’t awareThat the sign-post pointing its finger thereWas only a block of wood.
Quoth he, “An exceedingly sultry day.T’is more like June than the first of May.”The post [...]
Th’re were two wise physicians once, of glory and renown,Who went to take a little walk nigh famous Concord town.Oh! very, very great and wise and learned men were they,And wise and learned was th’r talk, as they walked on th’r way.And as they walked and talked and talked, they came to wh’re they foundA [...]
One old maid,And another old maid,And another old maid–that’s three–And they were agossiping, I am afraid,As they sat sipping their tea.
They talked of this,And they talked of that,In the usual gossiping wayUntil everybody was black as your hat,And the only ones white were they.
One old maid,And another old maid,–For the third had gone into the [...]
If one could always hold one’s tongue as to what one sees, one would be the better for it. They are the wise people of this world who keep silence as to what they see; many such there are who behold things such as neither you nor I may ever hope to look upon, and [...]
I’ll tell of a certain old dame;The sameHad a beautiful piggy, whose nameWas James;and whose beauty and worth,From the day of his birth,Were matters of popular fame,And his claimTo gentility no one could blame.
So, seeing his promise, she thoughtShe oughtTo have him sufficiently taughtThe artOf deportment, to goInto company; soA master of dancing she brought,Who [...]
A tailor came a-walking by,The fire of courage in his eye.“Where are you going Sir?” Said I.
“I slew a mouseIn our houseWhere other tailors live,” said he,“And not a JackAmong the packWould dare to do the like; pardie!Therefore, I’m going out to tryIf there be greater men that I;Or in the landAs bold a handAt [...]
Three little men went ajogging along–Along in the sunshiny weather.And they laughed and they sang an occasional songWhich they all of them caroled together.And the great white clouds floated over the skyAnd the day it was warm and the sun it was high.
As three jolly tailor men all were theyAs you’d find in a dozen [...]
Saint Nicholas used to send, so I am told,All new-born babes by storks, in days of old.
1King Friedrich Max of Stultzenmannenkim,For many years unto the Saint did pray,That he would send unto his Queen and him,A baby boy, to be the King some day.At last the Saint the King’s petition heard,And called to him a [...]
Over dewy hill and leaMerrilyRushed a mad-cap breeze at play,And the daisies, like the brightStars at night,Danced and twinkled in its way.
Now, a tree called to the breeze,“Little breeze,Will you come and have a play?”And the wind upon its wayStopped to play.Then the leaves, with sudden shiver,Sudden quiver,Met the lightMad-cap breezeWith delight.
Presently the breeze grew [...]
Great and rich beyond comparingWas the Rajah Rhama Jaring,As he went to take an airingWith his Court one summer day.All were gay with green and yellow;And a little darky fellowBore a monstrous fun umbrella,For to shade him on the way.
Now a certain fly, unwittingOf this grandeur, came a-flittingTo the Royal nose, and sittingTwirled his legs [...]
A wise man once, of Haarlem town,Went wandering up, and wandering down,And ever the question asked:
“If all the world was paper,And if all the sea was ink,And if the trees were bread and cheese,What would we do for drink?”
Then all the folk, both great and small,Began to beat their brains,But they could not answer him [...]
An Angel went a walking out one day, as I’ve heard said,And, coming to a faggot-maker, begged a crust of breadThe faggot-maker gave a crust and something rather queerTo wash it down withall, from out a bottle that stood near.The Angel finished eating; but before he left, said he,“Thou shalt have two wishes granted, for [...]
O! a shepherd and a shepherdess,They dwelt in Arcadee,And they were dressed in Watteau dress,Most charming for to see.
They sat upon the dewy grass,With buds and blossoms set.And the shepherd played unto the lass,Upon a flageolet.
It seemed to me as though it wasA very pleasant thing;Particularly so becauseThe time of year was Spring.
But, O! the [...]
A little lamb was gamboling,Upon a pleasant day,And four grey wolves came shambling,And stopped to see it playIn the sun.Said the lamb, “Perhaps I mayCharm these creatures with my play,And they’ll let me go away,When I’ve done.”
The wolves, they sat asmiling atThe playful thing, to seeHow exceedingly beguiling thatIts pretty play could be.See it hop!But [...]
You may bring to mind I’ve sung you a song,Of a man of Haarlem town.I’ll sing of another,–’t will not take long–,Of equally great renown.
“I’ve read,” said he, “there’s a land afar,O’er the boundless rolling sea,Where fat little pigs ready roasted are:Now, that is the land for me.
Where tarts may be plucked from the wild [...]
Once, when Saint Swithin chanced to beA-wandering in Hungary,He, being hungered, cast aroundTo see if something might be foundTo stay his stomach.
Near by stoodA little house, beside a wood,Where dwelt a worthy man, but poor.Thither he went, knocked at the door.The good man came. Saint Swithin said,“I prithee give a crust of breadTo ease my [...]
Mistress Polly PoppenjayWent to take a walk one day.On that morning she was dressedIn her very Sunday best;Feathers, frills and ribbons gay,–Proud was Mistress Poppenjay.
Mistress Polly PoppenjaySpoke to no one on her way;Passed acquaintances aside;Held her head aloft with pride;Did not see a puddle layIn front of Mistress Poppenjay.
Mistress Polly PoppenjayHarked to naught the folk [...]
There was a Cochin Chinaman,Whose name it was Ah-LeeAnd the same was just as fine a manAs you could wish to see,For he was rich and strong,And his queue was extra long,And he lived on rice and fish and chiccory.
Which he had a lovely daughter,And her name was Mai-Ri-An,And the youthful Wang who sought herHand [...]
There was an old woman, as I’ve heard say,Who owned but a single goose.And the dame lived over toward Truxton way,And the animal ran at loose.It cackled up and it cackled down,Disturbing the peace of all the town:Gentle and simple, knight and clown,From the dawn to the close of the day.
Another old woman, of not [...]
A peacock sat on ye garden wall(See picture here to ye right),An ye folk came crowding-great and smallFor it chanced that none in ye town at allHad ever seen such a sightIf you’d have been there perhaps you’d have heardYe folk talk thus, as they looked at ye bird:
“O crickety!–Law!–O jimmeny me!–I never yet saw!–Who [...]
“Hey, Robin! ho, Robin!Singing on the tree,I will give you white bread,If you will come to me.”
“Oh! the little breeze is singingTo the nodding dairies white,And the tender grass is springing,And the sun is warm and bright;And my little mate is waitingIn the budding hedge for me;So, on the whole, I’ll not acceptYour kindly courtesy.”
He“I prithee, tell me wh’re you live?Oh Maid, so sweet and rare!”She“I am ye miller’s daughter, sir,And live just over th’re”He“Of all ye Maids I ever saw,You are beyond compare.”She“Oh; Thank you, sir! Oh; thank you, sir!Your words are very fair.”He“So I w’ld ask you something, now;If I might only dare.”She“Now, you may ask me [...]
Hans and Claus were born brothers. Hans was the elder and Claus was the younger; Hans was the richer and Claus was the poorer–that is the way that the world goes sometimes.
Everything was easy for Hans at home; he drank much beer, and had sausages and white bread three times a day; but Claus worked [...]
Hans Hecklemann had no luck at all. Now and then we hear folks say that they have no luck, but they only mean that their luck is bad and that they are ashamed of it. Everybody but Hans Hecklemann had luck of some kind, either good or bad, and, what is more, everybody carries his [...]
“Yes, Peter is clever.” So said his mother; but then every goose thinks her own gosling a swan.
The minister and all of the people of the village said Peter was but a dull block. Maybe Peter was a fool; but, as the old saying goes, never a fool tumbles out of the tree but he [...]
There was a woman once, and she had three daughters. The first daughter squinted with both eyes, yet the woman loved her as she loved salt, for she herself squinted with both eyes. The second daughter had one shoulder higher than the other, and eyebrows as black as soot in the chimney, yet the woman [...]
Once there was a prince, and his name was John. One day his father said to him, “See, John; I am growing old, and after a while the time will come when I must go the way of everybody else. Now I would like to see you married before I leave you.”
“Very well,” said the [...]
Did you ever hear of a boggart? No! Then I will tell you. A boggart is a small imp that lives in a man’s house, unseen by any one, doing a little good and much harm. This imp was called a boggart in the old times, now we call such by other names–ill-temper, meanness, uncharitableness, [...]
Once upon a time, in the middle of winter, when the flakes of snow fell like feathers from the sky, a queen sat at a window set in an ebony frame, and sewed. While she was sewing and watching the snow fall, she pricked her finger with her needle, and three drops of blood dropped [...]