Thursday, March 18, 2010

Little Red Ridinghood's Wolf

Little Red Ridinghood's WolfTim and Tilly trotted, Blithe and gay, O'er the fields with daisies dotted,

But when they Spied a wolf, of strength undoubted, He and she Simultaneously shouted,

"Goodness me!" Then the Wolf, with a suspicion, Of a frown, Said, " I hold a high position Of renown.

But I have a sort of notion, That your evident emotion, Is a proof of your devotion, Pray, sit down."

Tim and Tilly, shaking slightly, Shivering some, To the Wolf replied, politely,

" We have come Your acquaintance to be making, If you please." (Still the children both were shaking, at their knees.)
Then the Wolf said, very gently, "Why, my dears, I 'm surprised that evidently, You have fears Of my amiable intention, Can it be you've apprehension ? Gracious ! At the very mention, I shed tears ! "

Sure enough the Wolf was weeping, Though one eye At the children slyly peeping

They could spy. Tilly, finding self-possession, • Said, « Dear Sir," — And the Wolf, with kind expression, Looked at her,—

" We were scared to see you stalking 'Neath these trees; But you have put us, by your talking, Quite at ease.

Now, Sir, won't you tell the story, Of your rise to fame and glory ? But don't make it very gory,

If you please."

Title: Mother Goose's menagerie, Authors: Carolyn Wells, Peter Newell. Illustrated by: Peter Newell. Publisher: Noyes, Platt, 1901. Original from: Harvard University
Digitized: Dec 18, 2008. Length: 111 pages.

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