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Linda Daywalt Female, 68, United States (5/14/2012 9:32:00 AM)

I'm looking for 2 poems I recited in grade school.
1 starts out:
October gave a party/the leaves by hundreds came/the chestnuts, oaks, and maples/and leaves of every name.
The second one is a little girl addressing her doll. It starts out:
Matilda Jane, you never look/at any toy or picture book/I show you pretty things in vain/I fear you're blind, Matilda Jane.

There is a Matilda Jane poem by John Hartley, but that is not the one I'm looking for.
Your help will be greatly appreciated!

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  • Rookie Freddie Headey (6/14/2012 4:54:00 AM) Post reply
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    October's Party, by George Cooper,1840-1927
    included in " School Record: Volume 6, Issue 2, " 1897

    October gave a party;
    The leaves by hundreds came-
    The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
    And leaves of every name.
    The Sunshine spread a carpet,
    And everything was grand,
    Miss Weather led the dancing,
    Professor Wind the band.

    The Chestnuts came in yellow,
    The Oaks in crimson dressed;
    The lovely Misses Maple
    In scarlet looked their best;
    All balanced to their partners,
    And gaily fluttered by;
    The sight was like a rainbow
    New fallen from the sky.

    Then, in the rustic hollow,
    At hide-and-seek they played,
    The party closed at sundown,
    And everybody stayed.
    Professor Wind played louder;
    They flew along the ground;
    And then the party ended
    In jolly " hands around."


  • Veteran Poet - 1,693 Points Laura Burns (5/17/2012 10:33:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    The " Matilda Jane" poem is from Lewis Carroll's book Sylvie and Bruno:

    Matilda Jane, you never look
    At any toy or picture-book:
    I show you pretty things in vain—
    You must be blind, Matilda Jane

    I ask you riddles, tell you tales,
    But all our conversation fails:
    You never answer me again—
    I fear you’re dumb, Matilda Jane!

    Matilda, darling, when I call,
    You never seem to hear at all:
    I shout with all my might and main—
    but you’re so deaf, Matilda Jane!

    Matilda Jane, you needn’t mind:
    For, though you’re deaf, and dumb, and blind,
    There’s some one loves you, it is plain—
    And that is me, Matilda Jane!

    You can find " October Had a Party" at:

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