The Spider And The Fly Poem by Mary Botham Howitt

The Spider And The Fly

Rating: 4.6

Will you walk into my parlour?' said the Spider to the Fly,
'Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to show when you are there.'
Oh no, no,' said the little Fly, 'to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair can ne'er come down again.'

'I'm sure you must be weary, dear, with soaring up so high;
Will you rest upon my little bed?' said the Spider to the Fly.
'There are pretty curtains drawn around; the sheets are fine and thin,
And if you like to rest awhile, I'll snugly tuck you in!'
Oh no, no,' said the little Fly, 'for I've often heard it said,
They never, never wake again, who sleep upon your bed!'

Said the cunning Spider to the Fly, ' Dear friend what can I do,
To prove the warm affection I 've always felt for you?
I have within my pantry, good store of all that's nice;
I'm sure you're very welcome - will you please to take a slice?'
'Oh no, no,' said the little Fly, 'kind Sir, that cannot be,
I've heard what's in your pantry, and I do not wish to see!'

'Sweet creature!' said the Spider, 'you're witty and you're wise,
How handsome are your gauzy wings, how brilliant are your eyes!
I've a little looking-glass upon my parlour shelf,
If you'll step in one moment, dear, you shall behold yourself.'
'I thank you, gentle sir,' she said, 'for what you 're pleased to say,
And bidding you good morning now, I'll call another day.'

The Spider turned him round about, and went into his den,
For well he knew the silly Fly would soon come back again:
So he wove a subtle web, in a little corner sly,
And set his table ready, to dine upon the Fly.
Then he came out to his door again, and merrily did sing,
'Come hither, hither, pretty Fly, with the pearl and silver wing;
Your robes are green and purple - there's a crest upon your head;
Your eyes are like the diamond bright, but mine are dull as lead!'

Alas, alas! how very soon this silly little Fly,
Hearing his wily, flattering words, came slowly flitting by;
With buzzing wings she hung aloft, then near and nearer drew,
Thinking only of her brilliant eyes, and green and purple hue -
Thinking only of her crested head - poor foolish thing! At last,
Up jumped the cunning Spider, and fiercely held her fast.
He dragged her up his winding stair, into his dismal den,
Within his little parlour - but she ne'er came out again!

And now dear little children, who may this story read,
To idle, silly flattering words, I pray you ne'er give heed:
Unto an evil counsellor, close heart and ear and eye,
And take a lesson from this tale, of the Spider and the Fly.

Ruthie Bode 05 January 2012

I read to my children every night before bed. When my daughter was four, and my son was one, I was reading to them from a book of poetry and read this poem to them. When I came to the lines that begin Oh no, no I emphasized the phrase, and my one-year old son giggled uncontrollably. We were at their grandparents lake cottage, so the whole family got to enjoy his reaction, which had to be repeated by reading the poem over and over, so Grandpa could tape it. Which proves to me the truth of the saying: You are never too young or too old to be read to.

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Brian Jani 14 July 2014

well written poem about a classic rivalry of the spider and the fly.i enjoyed the read

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Kim Barney 17 January 2016

Flattery will get you everywhere. Flies and flighty people beware.

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Manonton Dalan 17 January 2016

tricking a fly ///////

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Dimitrios Galanis 17 January 2016

How nice for paedagogy.Beautifu; ; y frawn the lovely pictures!

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sishya student 11 June 2021

a spider and the fly

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what is this no one wants the rating pls if you can explain then explain other wise dont post this on google

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Veronica Frangella 19 September 2018

To me, the story mainly warns women of how dangerous it is to let what a man complements her on to believe he is in love with her, when he may be just using her. It could be vice versa too.

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Abhiraj Bhowmick 30 November 2017

Very nice poem Never be greedy

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Susan Williams 18 January 2016

Excellent! The rhymes drew me in, they were so easy on the ear. The rhythm was perfectly executed to lull any suspicions. The characters stayed true to their natures and we readers benefited greatly by her write.

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