The Children's Moral Alphabet, Page 5
Having observed what utter nonsense is put into the mouths of children, and € the firm hold which it takes on their memories, (I refer to “A was an Archer that shot at a frog, &c.,) I have ventured to compose, in simple rhyme, what I will call “The Children’s Moral Alphabet,” with the hope that it may as easily, and as permanently, lodge in the mind a few grains of truth which shall germinate, and even bear some fruit, in the future.
With this view, I submit it to the juvenile public, with my best wishes for their progress in all that is good and true. At the same time apologising for here and there giving a hint to the elder folk.
Kettering, July, 1879.