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The Water-Babies

The Water-Babies by Charles Kingsley
By: (1819-1875)

The Water-Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby is a novel by the Reverend Charles Kingsley, first published in its entirety in 1863. Though some of the author’s opinions are very dated now, the journey of a little chimney-sweep water-baby through rivers and storms, under sea and over iceberg, is still a classic, wonderful children’s adventure.

Summary by Cori Samuel. Music from Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture.

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Transcribed by David Price, email ccx074@coventry.ac.uk

THE WATER BABIES

CHAPTER I

"I heard a thousand blended notes, While in a grove I sate reclined; In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts Bring sad thoughts to the mind.

"To her fair works did Nature link The human soul that through me ran; And much it grieved my heart to think, What man has made of man."

WORDSWORTH.

Once upon a time there was a little chimney sweep, and his name was Tom. That is a short name, and you have heard it before, so you will not have much trouble in remembering it. He lived in a great town in the North country, where there were plenty of chimneys to sweep, and plenty of money for Tom to earn and his master to spend. He could not read nor write, and did not care to do either; and he never washed himself, for there was no water up the court where he lived. He had never been taught to say his prayers. He never had heard of God, or of Christ, except in words which you never have heard, and which it would have been well if he had never heard... Continue reading book >>


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