His tone was so pleading that Mistress Madge was unable to resist it, and even
the Squire was touched. The young lady came forward and took the
boy's hand in her own, and pressing back his curls, she kissed his fair
Then he turned to the child and said, "Come to me in the morning, my little man, and I will give you a silver horn to blow, that you may call the sheep and the cows whenever they go astray. What is your name?"
"Oh, never mind his name, papa!" broke in the Squire's daughter; "I
shall call him Little Boy Blue, since he is dressed in blue from head to
foot, and his clothes match his eyes. And you must give him a
good wage, also, for surely no Squire before ever had a prettier shepherd
boy than this."
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