IN a corner of the play-ground 

Sits a merry group of four. 

Dot, the hat-crowned, is the teacher; 

She has tried this game before.

Little Effie learns her lesson;

Careless Bess thinks more of ease; 

Bright-eyed Kate is always laughing;

She'll do naught but turn the leaves.

Little Dot is wise and watchful;

Lessons hard she gives to none; 

Plums and nuts she keeps for "merits,"

If the tasks they do not shun.