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LUCY GRAY. “Of I had heard of Lucy Gray.” Lucy Gray was the only child of a poor woodcutter. Her parents lived on a wild moor in Yorkshire, and Lucy used to wander about the moor by herself nearly all the day. She was a very quiet, thoughtful little girl, because she lived so much alone and had no brothers or sisters for playmates. One afternoon her father said to her, “Lucy, to-night will be a stormy night ; you must go to the town and meet your mother;" for her mother had gone that morning to the nearest town to lay in some provisions for the household. “Yes, father," said Lucy, “ that I will gladly do.” “And you had better take a lantern,” said her father again, "for fear it should grow dark before you return, and then you can light your mother through the snow.” So Lucy took the big lantern, and set out cheerfully enough to go and meet her mother.
LUCY GRAY—(continued.) Yes! Lucy took the lantern in her hand and set forth merrily; but, alas!
“ The storm came on before its time;
She wandered up and down,
But never reached the town.
“Her wretched parents all that night
Went shouting far and wide,
To serve them for a guide.”
The next morning her mother spied the print of her feet in the snow; and they traced the footmarks until they came to a little bridge, and then they saw no more, so they knew that Lucy Gray had fallen into the stream.
It is the great poet Wordsworth who tells this sad story, and some day you will read it for yourself amongst his poems.