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A Child's Own Book of Verse II by  Ada M. Skinner


 

 

A FABLE

The mountain and the squirrel

Had a quarrel,

And the former called the latter "Little Prig."

Bun replied,

"You are doubtless very big;

But all sorts of things and weather

Must be taken in together,

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To make up a year

And a sphere.

And I think it no disgrace

To occupy my place.

If I 'm not so large as you,

You are not so small as I,

And not half so spry.

I'll not deny you make

A very pretty squirrel track;

Talents differ; all is well and wisely put;

If I cannot carry forests on my back,

Neither can you crack a nut."

—RALPH WALDO EMERSON.


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