Acrostic

Acrostic

Little maidens, when you look
On this little story-book,
Reading with attentive eye
Its enticing history,
Never think that hours of play
Are your only holiday,
And that in a house of joy
Lessons serve but to annoy:
If in any house you find
Children of a gentle mind,
Each the others pleasing ever —
Each the others vexing never —
Daily work and pastime daily
In their order taking gaily —
Then be very sure that they
Have a life of holiday.