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Mother Goose for Grown-ups

Guy Wetmore Carryl

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Ashamed!

You quite forget yourself, it's plain,

So I'll forget you, too. Insane

Young man, I'll say oafweederzane."

(Her German might be blamed.)

But Jack, whose linguist's pride was pricked,

To shine,

Asked: "Meine Königin will nicht

Be mine?"


And when she answered: "Nein" in spleen,

He cried: "Then in the soup tureen

You'll stay. You're not the only queen

Discarded for a nein!"

The moral's made for maidens young

And small:

If you would in a foreign tongue


Lead off undaunted in a Swede

Or Spanish speech, and you'll succeed,

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Community Reviews

A lot of these verses feel like they would be fun to set to music and sing, ala Gilbert and Sullivan

Pull quotes/notes
"Unflagging pertinacity, and technical sagacity,
Long nights of sleepless vigil, and long days of constant care
Had been involved in making it, improving it, and baking it,
Until of othe