"Alfred Poole" not only glorifies its young subject, it provides him--and other young readers of Robert Merry's Museum--with an etiquette code and with incentive to do well in school.


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ALFRED POOLE (from Robert Merry's Museum, May 1845, p. 184)

      When Alfred Poole
      First went to school,
He was but scarcely seven;
      Yet knew as well
      To read and spell
As most boys of eleven.

      He took his seat,
      And wrote quite neat,
Nor ever idly acted;
      And then, beside,
      He multiplied,
Divided, and subtracted.

      The master said,
      And stroked his head,
"If thus you persevere,
      My little friend,
      You may depend
Upon a prize next year."

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