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The Rubáiyát of a Persian Kitten

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Author: Oliver Herford
Language: English
Wordcount: 2,335 / 15 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 54.5
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 418
Added to site: 2008.01.13
mnybks.net#: 19656
Genres: Poetry, Humor
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-Tail from some lovely Cat astray.

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Sometimes I think perchance that Allah may,
When he created Cats, have thrown away
The Tails He marred in making, and they grew
To Cat-Tails and to Pussy-Willows grey.

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And lately, when I was not Feeling Fit,
Bereft alike of Piety and Wit,
There came an Angel Shape and offered me
A Fragrant Plant and bid me taste of it.

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'Twas that reviving Herb, that Spicy Weed,
The Cat-Nip. Tho' 'tis good in time of need,
Ah, feed upon it lightly, for who knows
To what unlovely antics it may lead.

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Strange--is it not?--that of the numbers who
Before me pass

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