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Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes

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Author: Harry Graham (Col. D. Streamer)
Published: 1902
Language: English
Wordcount: 4,525 / 20 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 79.2
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 939
Added to site: 2011.07.01
mnybks.net#: 30292
Genre: Poetry
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t I was much abused, No doubt when I was young and rash, But I should not have been accused Of misappropriating cash. I may have sneaked a silver dish;-- Well, you may search me if you wish!

So, now you see me, more or less, As I would figure in your thoughts; A trifle given to excess And prone perhaps to vice of sorts; When tempted, rather apt to fall, But still--a good chap after all!

[Illustration]


The Cat

(Advice to the Young)

My children, you should imitate The harmless, necessary cat, Who eats whatever's on his plate, And doesn't even leave the fat; Who never stays in bed too late, Or does immoral things like that; Instead of saying "Shan't!" or "Bosh!" He'll sit and wash, and wash, and wash!

When shadows fall and lights grow dim He sits beneath the kitchen stair; Regardless as to life and limb, A simple couch he chooses there; And if you tumble over him, He simply loves to hear you swear. And, while bad language you prefer, He'll sit and

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