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A Phenomenal Fauna   By: (1862-1942)

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A PHENOMENAL FAUNA

BY

CAROLYN WELLS

WITH PICTURES BY OLIVER HEREFORD

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Copyright, 1901, 1902 By LIFE PUBLISHING COMPANY New York

By ROBERT HOWARD RUSSELL

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To My Godfather WILLIAM F. CLARKE

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THE REG'LAR LARK

The Reg'lar Lark's a very gay old Bird; At sunrise often may his voice be heard As jauntily he wends his homeward way, And trills a fresh and merry roundelay. And some old, wise philosopher has said: Rise with a lark, and with a lark to bed.

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THE HUMBUG

Although a learned Entomologist May doubt if Humbugs really do exist, Yet each of us, I'm sure, can truly say We've seen a number of them in our day. But are they real? well, a mind judicial Perhaps would call them false and artificial.

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THE POPPYCOCK

The Poppycock's a fowl of English breed, And therefore many think him fine indeed. Credulous people's ears he would regale, And so he crows aloud and spreads his tale. But he is stuffed with vain and worthless words; Fine feathers do not always make fine birds.

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THE HAYCOCK

The Haycock cannot crow; he has no brains, No, not enough to go in when it rains. He is not gamy, fighting's not his forte, A Haycock fight is just no sort of sport. Down in the meadow all day long he'll bide, (That is a little hay hen by his side.)

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THE POWDER MONKEY

A Theory, by scientists defended, Declares that we from monkeys are descended. This being thus, we therefore clearly see The Powder Monkey heads some pedigree. Ah, yes, from him descend by evolution, The Dames and Daughters of the Revolution.

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THE TREE CALF

The sportive Tree Calf here we see, He builds his nest up in a tree; To this strange dwelling place he cleaves Because he is so fond of leaves. 'Twas his ancestral cow, I trow, Jumped o'er the moon, so long ago. But he is not so great a rover, Though at the last he runs to cover.

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THE MILITARY FROG

The Military Frog, as well you know, Is the famed one who would a wooing go. And on the soldier's manly breast displayed, He wins the heart of every blushing maid. But, as a frog, I think he's incomplete, He has no good hind legs that we may eat.

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THE FEATHER BOA

This animal of which I speak Is a most curious sort of freak. Though Serpent would its form describe, Yet it is of the feathered tribe. And 'tis the snake, I do believe, That tempted poor old Mother Eve, For never woman did exist Who could its subtle charm resist.

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THE BRICK BAT

Oft through the stillness of the summer night We see the Brick Bat take his rapid flight. And, with unerring aim, descending straight, He meets a cat on the back garden gate. The little Brick Bat could not fly alone, Oh, no; there is a power behind the thrown.

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THE CAT O' NINE TAILS

The Cat O' Nine Tails is not very nice, No good at all at catching rats and mice; She eats no fish, though living on the sea, And no one's friend or pet she seems to be. Yet oft she makes it lively for poor Jack, Curls round his legs, and jumps upon his back.

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THE ROUND ROBIN

Here's the Round Robin, round as any ball; You scarce can see his head or tail at all. He's not a carrier pigeon, though he brings Important messages beneath his wings. And 'tis this freak of ornithology They mean who say, "A little bird told me."

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THE IRON SPIDER

The Iron Spider is an insect strange, He loves to stand upon a red hot range. Unlike his race, he's not an octoped, He has but three legs and he has no head. Had this but been the kind Miss Muffet saw 'Twould not have filled the maiden with such awe.

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THE BOOKWORM

The Bookworm's an uninteresting grub, Whether he's all alone or in a club. Of stupid books which seem to us a bore, The Bookworm will devour the very core. Did Solomon or somebody affirm The early reed bird catches the bookworm?

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THE BLACK SHEEP

The Black Sheep is a beast all men should shun He has no fleece yet fleeces every one; Though without horns, oft with a horn he's seen; Though not a lamb, he gambles on the green... Continue reading book >>




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