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WREATH TO LINCOLN'S MEMORY.
EXERCISE FOR NINE PUPILS, SCHOOL, AND GODDESS OF LIBERTY,
STAGE-SETTING: Stage decorated with American flags. At back
center two large American flags draped above Lincoln's portrait on easel. Against frame and surrounding picture, large
green moss-paper wreath. SCENE: At rise of curtain GODDESS OF LIBERTY stands beside
easel looking at group of girls or boys, or both, who stand at one side of stage gazing at her. Every one in group has bunch of flowers. Every bunch of flowers is arranged so that
a letter of Lincoln's name is formed. Points: GODDESS OF LIBERTY receives flowers, one bunch at a
time, from pupils and places flowers on frame so that name of “Lincoln” is disclosed.
GODDESS OF LIBERTY (to pupils, then to audience).
A wreath to Lincoln's memory let us twine,
A name of flowers and words, to which each brings a line. PUPIL 1 [stepping forward and offering flowers to GODDESS].
Lincoln, the great American, feared God only and worked to preserve the liberty of his country.
[GODDESS OF LIBERTY places flowers on wreath. PUPIL 1
steps back to group.] Pupil 2 (stepping forward and offering flowers to GODDESS).
Lincoln's monument is a country preserved. PUPIL 3 [stepping forward and offering flowers to GODDESS).
The best way to estimate the services of Lincoln is to consider what America's condition would be to-day if he had never lived, had never been President.
PUPIL 4 stepping forward and offering flowers to GODDESS).
Abraham Lincoln was the great constitutional student of the
age and a noble pattern for future generations. Pupil 5 [stepping forward and offering flowers to GODDESS).
His life was gentle. He was so constituted that nature might
say to all the world, “This was a man.” PUPIL 6 [stepping forward and offering flowers to GODDESS).
No greater man ever ruled in this or in any other nation. PUPIL 7 [stepping forward and offering flowers to GODDESS).
Lincoln was a man in whom the qualities of genius and commonsense were mingled to a remarkable degree. He was prudent, farsighted, resolute, thoughtful, calm, just, patient,
tender-hearted. ALL Nine Pupils (stepping forward and facing audience]. Lin
coln was the savior of our country. PUPIL 8 (stepping forward and offering flowers to GODDESS).
His was a troubled life,
The conflict and the pain,
The honor without stain.
memory will be revered as long as men remember deeds of patriotism, of mercy, of justice, and of peace.
[All nine pupils swing to side of stage; entire school rises, and all, gazing at Lincoln's wreath, recite:]
And ever anew our hearts shall love
His glorious deeds, his life, his name.
In loyal praise, our hero's fame.
After his first political defeat, Lincoln, when asked how he felt about it, said: “I feel, I suppose, very much like the boy who had stubbed his toe—too bad to laugh, too big to cry'."
FOR SEven Boys.
[Enter seven small boys, each carrying large letter of bright red paper. )
ALL [recite or sing to tune of “Yankee Doodle”].
We're seven boys of seven kinds,
Each brings a bright red letter;
That all may love it better.
This “L” is a big one, but means "little lad,"
And also "log hut," the first home that he had. Second Boy (as above].
To him "I" meant "Indians,"-many were near,
But still in the forest he played without fear. THIRD Boy.
“N” says there were no schools, like ours, for small boys,
And tells of no games and no fun and no toys. FOURTH Boy.
My “C” means his cap. 'Twas the funniest kind
'Twas made out of coon-skin—the tail hung behind. FIFTH Boy.
This round "O" says older and older he grew,
A strong little fellow, quite honest and true. Sixth Boy,
My “L” tells of lessons he liked and he learned,
And then how the love of all people he earned.
By "N" means the "Nation" so great and so grand,
ALL [recite or sing).
We're seven boys of seven kinds,
Each one has shown his letter,
That all may love it better. [Beginning with first boy, each boy lifts his letter high and names it clearly. After seventh boy has named his letter, all pronounce:]
[Whole school may now recite the motto:] “God make us worthy of the memory of Abraham Lincoln.”
TRIBUTE TO LINCOLN.
GRACE AGNES TIMMERMAN.
(Though yet, of all the nations, none hath known
So great a line, so royal, as our own).
A world hath reared him; I, who would not dare
To add one laurel to the riches there,
With quenchless ardor, though I knew the flame
And lost, amid the glory of his fame:
And taught a little child to love his name.
SEVEN LITTLE BEACON LANTERNS.
DRILL AND PANTOMIME.
CHARACTERS: Seven small boys, each carrying small lantern on
a stick. Lanterns should be bright and clear and burn brightly. Music: Any lively march.
DRILL. Enter stage rear, march to left rear corner, march in serpentine
form from back to front, front to back, back to front, etc.,
until right back corner is reached. March in serpentine form from right back corner across stage to
left back corner, left to right, right to left, etc., until front of stage is reached and all form one long line across stage
facing audience. Hold lanterns high in left hands and sway bodies and lanterns
toward right. Hold lanterns in right hands and sway lanterns and bodies toward
left. Hold lanterns in front and bend bodies and lanterns forward nearly
to floor. Hold lanterns in right hands and sway bodies and lanterns toward
left. Hold lanterns in left hands and sway bodies and lanterns toward
right. Extend right feet and right arms obliquely to right, holding lan
terns out as far as possible with right hands, swing lanterns toward left far enough so lanterns may be caught by left
hands. Extend left feet and left arms obliquely to left, holding lanterns