The Hippopotamus - Poem by Oliver Herford
'Oh, say, what is this fearful, wild,
'This *creature* (don't say 'cuss,' my child;
'Tis slang)-this creature fierce is styled
His curious name derives its source
From two Greek words: hippos-a horse,
The river's plain enough, of course;
But why they called *that* thing a *horse*,
That's what is Greek to me.'
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