Neighbors with Claws and Hoofs, and Their Kin: For Boys and Girls

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American Book Company, 1885 - 256页

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第72页 - And the muttering grew to a grumbling; And the grumbling grew to a mighty rumbling; And out of the houses the rats came tumbling. Great rats, small rats, lean rats, brawny rats, Brown rats, black rats, grey rats, tawny rats, Grave old plodders, gay young friskers, Fathers, mothers, uncles, cousins, Cocking tails and pricking whiskers, Families by tens and dozens, Brothers, sisters, husbands, wives — Followed the Piper for their lives.
第78页 - THE mountain and the squirrel Had a quarrel; And the former called the latter ' Little Prig.' Bun replied, ' You are doubtless very big ; But all sorts of things and weather Must be taken in together, To make up a year And a sphere. And I think it no disgrace To occupy my place. If I'm not so large as you, You are not so small as I, And not half so spry. I'll not deny you make A very pretty squirrel track ; Talents differ; all is well and wisely put; If I cannot carry forests on my back, Neither...
第72页 - Smiling first a little smile, As if he knew what magic slept In his quiet pipe the while; Then, like a musical adept, To blow the pipe his lips he wrinkled, And green and blue his sharp eyes twinkled, Like a...
第73页 - Families by tens and dozens, Brothers, sisters, husbands, wives Followed the Piper for their lives. From street to street he piped advancing, And step for step they followed dancing, Until they came to the river Weser Wherein all plunged and perished! Save one who, stout as Julius Caesar, Swam across and lived to carry (As he, the manuscript he cherished) To Rat-land home his commentary...
第172页 - And the vapors that arise From the well-watered and smoking soil; For this rest in the furrow after toil Their large and lustrous eyes Seem to thank the Lord, More than man's spoken word.
第76页 - He listen'd and look'd : it was only the cat ; But the bishop he grew more fearful for that ; For she sat screaming, mad with fear At the army of rats that were drawing near.
第75页 - So then to his palace returned he, And he sat down to supper merrily, And he slept that night like an innocent man; But Bishop Hatto never slept again. In the morning as he...
第76页 - He laid him down and closed his eyes, But soon a scream made him arise; He started, and saw two eyes of flame On his pillow, from whence the screaming came. He...
第138页 - AT Atri in Abruzzo, a small town Of ancient Roman date, but scant renown, One of those little places that have run Half up the hill, beneath a blazing sun, And then sat down to rest, as if to say, " I climb no farther upward, come what may...
第76页 - Another came running presently, And he was pale as pale could be. ' Fly ! my Lord Bishop, fly ! ' quoth he, ' Ten thousand rats are coming this way ; The Lord forgive you for yesterday ! ' ' I'll go to my tower on the Rhine...

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