The Peacock "at Home."

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Grant and Griffith, 1854 - 32 páginas

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Página 30 - Snail, with his horns peeping out of his shell, Came from a great distance, the length of an ell. A mushroom their table, and on it was laid A water-dock leaf, which a table-cloth made The viands were various, to each of their taste, And the Bee brought her honey to crown the repast. Then close on his haunches, so solemn and wise, The frog from a corner look'd up to the skies. And the Squirrel, well pleased such diversions to see, Mounted high over-head, and look'd down from a tree.
Página 31 - Harlequin fell ; Yet he touched not the ground, but with talons outspread, Hung suspended in air at the end of a thread. Then the grasshopper came with a jerk and a spring, Very long was his leg, though but short was his wing...
Página 30 - Beneath a broad oak that for ages has stood, See the children of earth and the tenants of air, For an evening's amusement together repair. And there came the beetle so blind and so black, Who carried the emmet his friend on his back; And there was the gnat, and the dragonfly too, With all their relations, green, orange, and blue.
Página 31 - Then as quick as an arrow he darted along. But just in the middle, oh! shocking to tell! From his rope in an instant poor harlequin...
Página 32 - But they all laughed so loud that he pulled in his head, And went in his own little chamber to bed. Then, as evening gave way to the shadows of night, Their watchman, the Glow-worm, came out with a light. • Then home let us hasten, while yet we can see, For no watchman is waiting for you and for me.
Página 23 - no good could ensue ! " They censur'd the BANTAM for strutting and crowing, In those vile pantaloons, which he fancied look'd knowing. And a want of decorum caus'd many demurs, Against the GAME CHICKEN, for coming in spurs.
Página 31 - Then chirp'd his own praises the rest of the night. With step so majestic the Snail did advance, And promised the Gazers a Minuet to dance ; But they all laughed so loud that he pulled in his head, And went in his own little chamber to bed. Then as Evening gave way to the shadows of Night, Their Watchman, the Glowworm, came out with a light. " Then Home let us hasten, while yet we can see, For no Watchman is waiting for you and for me.
Página 29 - ... take up your hats, and away let us haste To the Butterfly's Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast; The trumpeter, Gadfly, has summoned the crew, And the Revels are now only waiting for you.
Página 31 - Yet he touched not the ground, but with talons outspread, Hung suspended in air at the end of a thread. Then the grasshopper came with a jerk and a spring, Very long was his leg, though but short was his wing; He took but three leaps, and was soon out of sight, Then...
Página 25 - RAZOR-BILL carv'd for the famishing group, And the Spoonbill obligingly ladled the soup; So they fill'd all their crops with the dainties before 'em, And the tables were clear'd with the utmost decorum. When they gaily had caroll'd till peep of the dawn, The Lark gently hinted, 'twas time to be gone; And his clarion, so shrill, gave the company warning, That Chanticleer scented the gales of the morning. So they chirp'd, in full chorus, a friendly adieu; And, with hearts quite as light as the plumage...

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