Monday, August 22, 2011

I know I've been MIA for a couple of weeks, but there hasn't been much to talk about. Stitching, housework, Sisters, reading, sleeping - just the usual bits and pieces of life.

Anyone who has read "Alice in Wonderland" will recognize this one.

How Doth the Little Crocodile

How doth the little crocodile
Improve his shining tail,
And pour the waters of the Nile
On every golden scale!

How cheerfully he seems to grin,
How neatly spreads his claws,
And welcomes little fishes in
With gently smiling jaws!

Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson)
1832 - 1898

Apparently this is a parody of a poem by Isaac Watts - or at least the last two verses of it.

How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From every opening flower?

How skillfully she builds her cell!
How neat she spreads the wax!
And labours hard to store it well
With the sweet food she makes.

Personally, I think the last line of this one falls a bit flat - the meter is off or something.

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