Ragged School Rhymes was written by
Alexander Maclagan in 1851 for the children of the
Ragged Schools and to "enlist the sympathy of a few
warms hearts in the benevolent and truly Christian
movement". The book has been scanned and made
digitally available through the Google Books Library
Project. A full copy
of all pages is available as a pdf file.
Beginning of the first piece in the book.
The Lost Found - Lo! A servant of the
Lord. Whilst wandering to and fro,
Feeding-clothing-teaching-blessing, The helpless here
below, In a breadless, bedless hovel, Not on a barren
wild, But in a wealth city, found A little starving
child. "Go, bring thy parents hither, boy," The good man
cried - anon. The child turn'd up a face, to see Would
melt a heart of stone: "Alas! I have no parents, sir,"
The little trembler cried; "For my poor mother
broke her heart The day my father died.