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For the Children's Hour by  Carolyn S. Bailey





"I," said the duck, "I call it fun,

For I have my little red rubbers on.

They make a cunning three-toed track

In the soft, cool mud; quack, quack!"

"I," cried the dandelion, "I.

My roots are thirsty, my buds are dry."

And she lifted her little yellow head

Out of her green and grassy bed.

"I hope 'twill pour; I hope 'twill pour,"

Croaked the tree toad from his gray bark door.


"For, with a broad leaf for a roof,

I'm always safely waterproof."

Sang the brook: "I welcome every drop.

Come down, dear raindrops; never stop

Until a broad river you make of me,

And then I will carry you to the sea."

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