Children’s Hour

late 18th century children


Of Speckled eggs the birdie sings
And nests among the trees;
The sailor sings of ropes and things
In ships upon the seas.

The children sing in far Japan,
The children sing in Spain;
The organ with the organ man
Is singing in the rain.
~Robert Louis Stevenson

A Lane:

From house to house he goes
A messenger small and slight;
And whether it rains or snows
He sleeps outside in the night.
~Country Rhyme


Hundreds of stars in the deep blue sky,
Hundreds of shells on the shore together,
Hundreds of birds that go singing by,
Hundreds of birds in the sunny weather.

Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one mother the wide world over.
~George Cooper

The Chirrupy Cricket:

There’s a churrupy cricket as guest in my room;
He’s quiet all day, but at night in the gloom,
With a zip on the hearth and a zup at the door,
The chirrupy cricket hops out on the floor.

He’s black and he’s shiny, he’s not vary fat,
He’s sleek as the silk of my father’s tall hat;
He skates and skeedaddles on carpet and rug,
And seems an extremely well-bred little bug.

And when I’m alone in my room every night,
And the shadows have come, and the moon’s out of sight,
and the world is all silent and solemn and bare,
I’m glad that my chirrupy cricket is there!
~Martha B. Thomas

The Clock:

Tick, tock, tick, tock,
Merrily sings the clock;
It’s time for work,
It’s time for play,
So it sings throughout the day.
Tick, tock, tick, tock,
Merrily sings the clock.
~Author Unknown

Added sample pages!

I have now added sample pages of both my books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor. If you want to view the pdf samples, you may click on the Book Previews tab or go to the book store where I link to it there as well.

I am also attempting to expand my marketing techniques for my books, and am working on linking my goodreads account to my book there. For a record, here is a list of the places you may find my book The Williams House online (that I have discovered so far) – I am not responsible for creating some of the listings, as there are some of the sights that took my data and then applied it to their store:

The Williams House by Joshua a Reynolds — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists

The Williams House by Joshua a Reynolds | Buy Books at

The Williams House,Joshua A Reynolds, publisher Xulon Press the Christian book, self-publishing company. | Xulon Authors

The Williams House by Joshua A Reynolds on iBooks

The Williams House: Joshua a Reynolds: 9781498496216: Books

The Williams House by Joshua a Reynolds |

The Williams House – Joshua a Reynolds; | Foyles Bookstore | The Williams House, Joshua a Reynolds | 9781498496216 | Boeken


As Brian Goulet always says, Write on!

In the Hands of the Editors

Dear Reader,

My second book titled Treasure on the Southern Moor is currently in the hands of the editors of my publisher Xulon Press. I should have the returned manuscript approved in a few weeks, and then it is off to the printers! I am also working with the designer on cover design work. The book should be in the bookstore in around a month’s time.

I am also here linking to my brother’s blog, which is titled Commonwealth Crossings. He has recently been away to England for nine months doing research for his PhD, which is specializing in eighteenth century coffee houses. There is a mountain of history and English knowledge to be had by reading his writings, and I highly recommend! The pictures are stunning, and that coupled with his videos and stories have given the rest of my family and I a window into old and new English living and culture. I will also be putting this link at the end of my “About the Proprietor” page for now.


hE charis tou kurio iEsou christou meth humOn.

The grace of our Lord Jesus
Christ [be] with you.