Guy Wetmore Carryl Poems

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How A Cat Was Annoyed And A Poet Was Booted

A poet had a cat.
There is nothing odd in that—
(I might make a little pun about the Mews!)

The Sycophantic Fox And The Gullible Raven

A raven sat upon a tree,
And not a word he spoke, for
His beak contained a piece of Brie.
Or, maybe it was Roquefort.

How Little Red Riding Hood Came To Be Eaten

Most worthy of praise
Were the virtuous ways
Of Little Red Riding Hood's Ma,
And no one was ever

How A Girl Was Too Reckless Of Grammar

Matilda Maud Mackenzie frankly hadn't any chin,
Her hands were rough, her feet she turned invariably in;
Her general form was German,

How Rudeness And Kindness Were Justly Rewarded

Once on a time, long years ago
(Just when I quite forget),
Two maidens lived beside the Po,
One blonde and one brunette.

The Arrogant Frog And The Superior Bull

Once, on a time and in a place
Conducive to malaria,
There lived a member of the race


Since the great, glad greeting of dawn from the eastern hills
Triumphant ran with a shout to the woods below,
With the song in his ears of the clearly clamoring rills
He has lain, like a man of snow,


The giant slept, and pigmies at his feet,
Like children moulding monuments of snow,
Piled stone on stone, mapped market-place and street,
And saw their temples column-girdled grow:

How The Helpmate Of Blue-Beard Made Free With A Door

A maiden from the Bosphorus,
With eyes as bright as phosphorus,
Once wed the wealthy bailiff
Of the caliph

The Vainglorious Oak And The Modest Bulrush

A bulrush stood on a river's rim,
And an oak that grew near by
Looked down with cold

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