Monday, December 5, 2011

Tiger Lily

{EAV:f33d6c40e8b76b13} The Peter Pan Alphabet By Oliver Herford (1863–1935). New York Charles Scribner’s Sons 1907. COPYRIGHT 1907 BY OLIVER HERFORD WITH PICTURES BY THE AUTHOR PUBLISHED JANUARY 1907.

Peter had saved Tiger Lily from a dreadful fate, and now there was nothing she and her braves would not do for him. All night they sat above, keeping watch over the home under the ground and awaiting the big attack by the pirates which obviously could not be much longer delayed. Even by day they hung about, smoking the pipe of peace, and looking almost as if they wanted tit-bits to eat.

They called Peter the Great White Father, prostrating themselves before him; and he liked this tremendously, so that it was not really good for him.

"The great white father," he would say to them in a very lordly manner, as they grovelled at his feet," is glad to see the Piccaninny warriors protecting his wigwam from the pirates."

"Me Tiger Lily," that lovely creature would reply, "Peter Pan save me, me his velly nice friend. Me no let pirates hurt him."

Bringing up the rear, the place of greatest danger, comes Tiger Lily, proudly erect, a princess in her own right. She is the most beautiful of dusky Dianas and the belle of the Piccaninnies, coquettish, cold and amorous by turns; there is not a brave who would not have the wayward thing to wife, but she staves off the altar with a hatchet.


From His Humble and Devoted Servants

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?

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
Still biding in the A B C—
If this be true,
Quick Jamie! Cast your golden net.
Maybe we have the grandest yet
In store for you.

Tiger Lily

I’s for the Indian Girl

Peter Pan was too coy for the Indian Miss;
She sighed for his scalp—all she got was a kiss.

K stands for a Kiss

K stands for a Kiss? Oh, stern featured K!
Who would have suspected—You’d leanings that way!
Peter called his a Thimble—(I think it sounds tame
To call Kisses Thimbles—but what’s in a Name!)

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TEXT RESOURCE: Peter and Wendy

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