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GEMS FROM THE PEN OF
HERBERT RUINJT LEDGE S O UTH WORTH
TO A MOUSE
There once was a mouse of adventurous mien.
All day he had gone without fat or lean,
And in the wee small hours of the night
While he was wandering o'er all the house,
High on a shelf he looked at a sight-
A sight most wondrous for a mouse.
Now this precious object-namely, a cheese,
Which every mouse thinks is quite the beeis knees
Had fallen from a shelf and now lay in a bookg
This marked the end of the poor mousels luck.
On the book was marked the single name Burnsg
But, as I may say, all that a mouse learns
Is "Eat, drink, and be merry, do just as you please,
For who knows but tomorrow they'll stop making ch
Because of this the mouse couldn't tell
That on the page where the old cheese fell
Was written that poem now known to fame.
"For a' That, an' al That" is its name.
Since virtuous in all respects was the mouse,
He decided to take some cheese to his spouse.
He looked about for a bit of paper,
And into his eyes grew the desire for a caper.
He tore from the book the sheet of the poem,
Wrapped up the package, and started for home.
But ere he reached his mansion bright,
Into the day had faded the night.
" 'Tis breakfast time," said he with a grin,
As he busily stuffed the old cheese in.
Now this greedy mouse was in such a hurry to eat,
Cheese and paper went down in a manner not neat.
It made him sick, and for three long days
He could utter but this one short phrase:
4'Gnaw that, gnaw that, gnaw that, gnaw that,
Gnaw that, gnaw that, gnaw that, gnaw thatll'
But on a
track for Jelly Joe
t hail from Idaho
a wild cayuse
ain't no use
ball-room floor, MY-0.