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SONGS FOE THE NURSERY.
Sir Grimalkin the Fierce, just home from the wars, And Mademoiselle Minette, from France�
You'd never suspect such a darling had claws� Led off in the first country-dance.
Sweet Blanchette was there, blue eyes and white hair,
The belle of the country all round; But so deaf that, though all were niiouing for her,
She never could hear the least sound.
Black Tom gazed and sighed, as if deeply in love ;
He looked somewhat anxious and pale; But just as he hoped the fair creature to move,
Slyboots gave a tug at his tail.
Miss Tortoise-shell sung a most beautiful song, Though I could not quite make out the words;
But the pith of the ditty, unless I heard wrong, Was tender, young mice and sweet birds.
Then all joined in chorus�oh dear! oh dear!
It woke me up out of my sleep; Such music it never befell me to hear!
I ran to the window to peep:
And there I beheld the sweet picture you see, Of the big pussy-cats, and the small,
As they danced and they sung on the roofs in high glee, At the great Lady Tabbyskin's ball!
TOM, HE WAS A PIPER'S SON.
Tom, he was a piper's son, He learned to play when he was young; But all the tune that he could play Was, " Over the hills and far away."
Now, Tom with his pipe made such a noise, That he greatly pleased the girls and boys, And they all stopped to hear him play " Over the hills and far away."
Tom with his pipe did play with such skill, That those who heard him could never stand still; Whenever they heard him, they began to dance; Even pigs on their hind legs would after him prance.
He met old Dame Trot with a basket of eggs; He used his pipe, and she used her legs ; She danced about till the eggs were all broke; She began to fret, but he laughed at the joke.







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