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and in pre-homeopathic days his sugar-coated pills were extraordinarily popular.
Both of these men naively indicated that their purpose was not primarily fictional.
About their work, Gulian Verplanck, editing The fairy Book, was as testy as Charles Lamb with Mrs. Barbauld and Mrs. Trimmer. Dismal trash all of them!
Something half-way between stupid story-books and bad school-books; being so ingeniously written as to be unfit for any useful purpose in the school and too dull for anom St. Nicholas, which is unique for its period in being entirely free from didacticism and from laboured inanity masquerading as simplicity; it still remains unexcelled in America as a joyous narrative of childhood.
Mrs. Hale's Mary had a little Lamb yet gambols in children's hearts—for as inexplicable a reason as much of the mechanical nonsense of Mother Goose.
The longevity of jingles has never been an indication of their merit, as witness the permanence of such ditties as Upidee and Good-b