Fugitive Verses
Popular Reprinted Poetry from Nineteenth Century Newspapers


Source of witness transcribed: The Voice of Freedom (Brandon, Vermont)

Date of witness transcribed: 8 January 1846

Notes about this poem: "Grammar" was printed in at least 240 newspapers during the nineteenth century. It can be found using ID 102270 in this table of most widely-reprinted poems.


The following article we copy from an old manuscript for the benefit of our juvenile readers.

  • 1. Three little words we often see
  • Are ARTICLES, a, an, and the.

  • 2. A NOUN’S the name of any thing,
  • As school or garden, hoop, or swing.

  • 3. ADJECTIVES tell the kind of noun,
  • As great, small, pretty, white, or brown.

  • 4. Instead of Nouns the PRONOUNS stand;
  • John’s head, his face, my arm, your hand.

  • 5. VERBS tell of something being done;
  • To read, write, count, sing, jump, or run.

  • 6. How things are done, the ADVERBS tell:
  • As slowly, quickly, ill, or well.

  • 7. CONJUNCTIONS join the words together;
  • As men and children, wind or weather.

  • 8. A PREPOSITION stands before
  • A noun; as in or through a door.

  • 9. The INTERJECTION shows surprise;
  • As oh! how pretty, ah! how wise.

  • The whole are called nine PARTS of Speech,
  • Which Reading, Writing, Speaking teach.