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A Child's Garden of Verses

Verse 142

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Published: 1905
Language: English
Wordcount: 10,024 / 40 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.5
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 1,163
Added to site: 2008.05.27 21028

jump into my bed.

The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow-- Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow; For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball, And he sometimes gets so little that there's none of him at all.

He hasn't got a notion of how children ought to play,
And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
He stays so close beside me, he's a coward you can see; I'd think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!

[Illustration: MY SHADOW]

One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.



Every night my prayers I say,
And get my dinner every day;
And every day that I've been good,
I get an orange after food.

The child that is not clean and neat,



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