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beasts, and fishes; and you may class and arrange them all to your heart's content; for that is dull work, if you please."
Here their mother warned them that it was long past the usual time for their retiring to rest.
" Mamma," said Edward, " may I ask you one thing before we go ? Will you let me hear those lines you were repeating to papa the other day ; there was something about striking the waves with an oar, and the cold flame flashing along the hand, which I could not at all understand : but now, I think I know what it meant.*'
" I will repeat them with pleasure, my love," said his mother, " they