THE WONDERS OF A TOY SHOP.
New-York: J. Q. PREBLE.
J. W. ORR NEW YORK.
"Pray, what would you like?" said a Toyman, one day, Addressing a group of young folks, "I have toys in abundance, and very cheap, too, Though not quite so cheap as my jokes.
"Here's a famous managerie, full of wild beasts; See! this lion with wide open jaws, Enough to affright one, and yet I've no doubt, You might venture to play with his claws.
"Here's a tiger as tame as a lap-dog, you'll find, And a fox that will not steal the geese: So here you must own the old adage is proved, That wonders are never to cease."
"Here's wagon well laden, and here is a dray, With horses and harness complete; You can drive them in parlour and drawing-room, too, As easily as in the street.
"Here's a whole file of soldiers, quite ready for fight, And each of them armed with a gun; You may knock them all down with a feather, and then You may pocket them—every one.
"Here's a fine stud of horses, which, strange though it sounds, Live neither on corn nor on hay; A gentleman's carriage, and tilbury, too, For which we've no taxes to pay.
"A coachman so plump, and a footman so tall, Who cost not a penny for food; For to tell you the truth, all their insides are filled With a permanent dinner of wood.
"Examine this sword, with its handle and sheath, And its blade made of innocent wood; 'Twere well if all swords were as harmless as this, And as equally guiltless of blood.
"Here's a mill that will go without water or wind, A wonder, you cannot deny; I really can't say whether it will grind corn, But it will be easy to try.
That iron-gray rocking-horse, close at your side, With saddle and bridle complete, Will go without whipping, and, equally strange, Without making use of his feet:
"Yet, stranger than that—whatsoever his pace, Whether canter, or gallop, or trot, Though moving at ten miles an hour—he ne'er Advances one inch from the spot.
"A full set of bricks is enclosed in this box, (With the mortar we well may dispense,) But with these you may build a magnificent house, Without e'en a farthing's expense.
"With these you may raise up a Royal Exchange, In less than five minutes, and then Knock it down, and build up a new Parliament House, In another five minutes,—or ten.
"A doll's pretty kitchen, stands next on the shelf, With grate, pans, and kettle, and pot; With dish and tureen, and all crockery-ware, Knives and forks, and I cannot tell what;
"They would not quite do for a great city feast, But I think I may venture to say A minnow or tittlebat there might be cooked, As a rarity
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POPULAR GAMES, TOY BOOKS, &c., &c., FOR YOUNG CHILDREN, PUBLISHED BY J. Q. PREBLE.
UNCLE JOSEPH'S 8vo. Colored Picture Books
Illuminated Alphabet, Pretty Stories about the Camel, Stories about Birds. Stories about Beasts, Pretty Poetical Alphabet of Trees, Fruits and Flowers, Elisha, and the Widow's Cruse of Oil.
GOLDEN TOYS. 12mo., colored
Blackberry Girl, Songs and Hyms for the Nursery. Pictorial A B C. Juvenile Poetical Gift, Child's Book of Birds. Child's Book of Beasts.
Child's Pictorial A B C. Child's Illuminated Alphabet,
SMALL MINIATURE BOOKS.
Gift of Piety. Etiquette for Little Folks, Divine Songs. Lilly of the Valley, Metropolitan Songster, Philipoena.
The Game of Dr. Busby, The Game of Oregon, The Game of Bohemian Gipsy Girl, The Game of Sociable Snake, The Fortune Maker, American Dream Cards, What D'ye Buy, Merry Goose Game, Mirth for Many, Crystal Palace, Loves and Likes, Punch's Oracle of Fun.
Conversation on Marriage, Ladie's and Gent's Conversation Cards, Punch's Conversation Cards, Drawing-Room Social Conversation Cards Conversation on Love, Improved Conversation Cards.
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School Cards, Friendship Cards, Embossed Cards, Motto Cards, Gold and Silver Cards, Double Enameled Cards. Alphabet Cards, Ten Commandment Cards, Sabbath School Cards, Music Cards, Silver Border Cards, Superfine Enameled Cards.
Valentines and Valentine Envelopes.