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The Go-sleep Story

from Boys And Girls Bookshelf - SLEEPY-TIME SONGS AND STORIES





BY EUDORA S. BUMSTEAD

"How can I go to bed," said Penny, the flossy dog, "till I say
good-night to Baby Ray? He gives me part of his bread and milk, and pats
me with his little, soft hand. It is bedtime now for dogs and babies. I
wonder if he is asleep?"

So he trotted along in his silky, white nightgown till he found Baby Ray
on the porch in mamma's arms.

And she was telling him the same little story that I am telling you:

The doggie that was given him to keep, keep, keep,
Went to see if Baby Ray was asleep, sleep, sleep.

"How can we go to bed," said Snowdrop and Thistledown, the youngest
children of Tabby, the cat, "till we have once more looked at Baby Ray?
He lets us play with his blocks and ball, and laughs when we climb on
the table. It is bedtime now for kitties and dogs and babies. Perhaps
we shall find him asleep." And this is what the kitties heard:

One doggie that was given him to keep, keep, keep,
Two cunning little kitty-cats, creep, creep, creep,
Went to see if Baby Ray was asleep, sleep, sleep.

"How can we go to bed," said the three little Bunnies, "till we have
seen Baby Ray?" Then away they went in their white, velvet nightgowns as
softly as three flakes of snow. And they, too, when they got as far as
the porch, heard Ray's mamma telling the same little story:

One doggie that was given him to keep, keep, keep,
Two cunning little kitty-cats, creep, creep, creep,
Three pretty little bunnies, with a leap, leap, leap,
Went to see if Baby Ray was asleep, sleep, sleep.

"How can we go to bed," said the four white Geese, "till we know that
Baby Ray is all right? He loves to watch us sail on the duck-pond, and
he brings us corn in his little blue apron. It is bedtime now for geese
and rabbits and kitties and dogs and babies, and he really ought to be
asleep."

So they waddled away in their white, feather nightgowns, around by the
porch, where they saw Baby Ray, and heard mamma tell the "Go-Sleep"
story:

One doggie that was given him to keep, keep, keep,
Two cunning little kitty-cats, creep, creep, creep,
Three pretty little bunnies, with a leap, leap, leap,
Four geese from the duck-pond, deep, deep, deep,
Went to see if Baby Ray was asleep, sleep, sleep.

"How can we go to bed," said the five white Chicks, "till we have seen
Baby Ray once more? He scatters crumbs for us and calls us. Now it is
bedtime for chicks and geese and rabbits and kittens and dogs and
babies, so little Ray must be asleep."

Then they ran and fluttered in their downy, white nightgowns till they
came to the porch, where little Ray was just closing his eyes, while
mamma told the "Go-Sleep" story:

One doggie that was given him to keep, keep, keep,
Two cunning little kitty-cats, creep, creep, creep,
Three pretty little bunnies, with a leap, leap, leap,
Four geese from the duck-pond, deep, deep, deep,
Five downy little chicks, crying peep, peep, peep,
All saw that Baby Ray was asleep, sleep, sleep.

[D] Used by permission of The Youth's Companion.





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