The King's Breakfast Poem by Alan Alexander Milne

The King's Breakfast

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The King's Breakfast
The King asked
The Queen, and
The Queen asked
The Dairymaid:
"Could we have some butter for
The Royal slice of bread?"
The Queen asked the Dairymaid,
The Dairymaid
Said, "Certainly,
I'll go and tell the cow
Before she goes to bed."

The Dairymaid
She curtsied,
And went and told
The Alderney:
"Don't forget the butter for
The Royal slice of bread."
The Alderney
Said sleepily:
"You'd better tell
His Majesty
That many people nowadays
Like marmalade

The Dairymaid
Said, "Fancy!"
And went to
Her Majesty.
She curtsied to the Queen, and
She turned a little red:
"Excuse me,
Your Majesty,
For taking of
The liberty,
But marmalade is tasty, if
It's very

The Queen said
And went to
His Majesty:
"Talking of the butter for
The royal slice of bread,
Many people
Think that
Is nicer.
Would you like to try a little

The King said,
And then he said,
"Oh, deary me!"
The King sobbed, "Oh, deary me!"
And went back to bed.
He whimpered,
"Could call me
A fussy man;
I only want
A little bit
Of butter for
My bread!"

The Queen said,
"There, there!"
And went to
The Dairymaid.
The Dairymaid
Said, "There, there!"
And went to the shed.
The cow said,
"There, there!
I didn't really
Mean it;
Here's milk for his porringer,
And butter for his bread."

The Queen took
The butter
And brought it to
His Majesty;
The King said,
"Butter, eh?"
And bounced out of bed.
"Nobody," he said,
As he kissed her
"Nobody," he said,
As he slid down the banisters,
My darling,
Could call me
A fussy man -
I do like a little bit of butter to my bread!"

David Smith 27 October 2005

This was the best poem ever! ! ! It got me out of memorizing a hard poem. Thanks A.A. Milne! ! !

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Ratnakar Mandlik 04 October 2015

Very marvelous poem. Most enjoyable. Thanks.

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Nidhi 12 July 2021

Really creative poem

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Savita Tyagi 04 October 2015

Wonderful! Enjoyed reading it so much. Keeping it in my poem list to recite it to my grand son! I wonder if it is available in children's book form.

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May Bradley 05 July 2018

Such a great poem No one reads these any more . Must keep this

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joey 15 December 2021

cool poem, i enjoyed it.

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Brendan B 19 August 2021

The poem The King's Breakfast coupled with the adorable drawings by E H Shepherd have made it a classic, just like Rice Pudding and others.

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Marie Henderson 14 April 2021

Oh, I remember before I retired, I adored teaching children with this lovely poem. I'm so glad that people these days still pay attention to poems. A.A. Milne did so well with this poem, and it's succeeding, as it should be!

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Liam mchenry 06 April 2021

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