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

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MR. MOON

A SONG OF THE LITTLE PEOPLE

[90]

O Moon, Mr. Moon,

When you comin' down?

Down on the hilltop,

Down in the glen,

Out in the clearin',

To play with little men?

Moon, Mr. Moon,

When you comin' down?


O Mr. Moon,

Hurry up your stumps

Don't you hear Bullfrog

Callin' to his wife,

And old black Cricket

A-wheezin' at his fife?

Hurry up your stumps,

And get on your pumps

Moon, Mr. Moon,

When you comin' down?


[91]

O Mr. Moon,

Hurry up along!

The reeds in the current

Are whisperin' slow;

The river's a-wimplin'

To and fro.

Hurry up along,

Or you 'll miss the song!

Moon, Mr. Moon,

When you comin' down?


O Mr. Moon,

We're all here!

Honey-bug, Thistledrift,

White-imp, Weird,

Wryface, Billiken,

Quidnunc, Queered;

We're all here,

And the coast is clear

Moon, Mr. Moon,

When you comin' down?


O Mr. Moon,

We're the little men!

Dewlap, Pussymouse,

Ferntip, Freak,

Drink-again, Shambler,

Talkytalk, Squeak;

[92]

Three times ten

Of us little men

Moon, Mr. Moon,

When you comin' down?


O Mr. Moon,

We're all ready!

Tallenough, Squaretoes,

Amble, Tip,

Buddybud, Heigho,

Little Black Pip;

We're all ready,

And the wind walks steady

Moon, Mr. Moon

When you comin' down?


O Mr. Moon,

We're thirty score;

Yellowbeard, Piper,

Lieabed, Toots,

Meadowbee, Moonboy,

Bully-in-boots;

Three times more

Than thirty score.

Moon, Mr. Moon,

When you comin' down?


[93]

O Mr. Moon,

Keep your eye peeled;

Watch out to windward,

Or you'll miss the fun,

Down by the acre

Where the wheat-waves run;

Keep your eye peeled

For the open field.

Moon, Mr. Moon,

When you comin' down?


O Mr. Moon,

There's not much time!

Hurry, if you 're comin',

You lazy old bones!

You can sleep to-morrow

While the Buzbuz drones;

There's not much time

Till the church bells chime.

Moon, Mr. Moon,

When you comin' down?


O Mr. Moon,

Just see the clover!

Soon we 'll be going

Where the Gray Goose went

When all her money

Was spent, spent, spent!

[94]

Down through the clover,

When the revel's over

Moon, Mr. Moon,

When you comin' down?


O Moon, Mr. Moon,

When you comin' down?

Down where the Good Folk

Dance in a ring,

Down where the Little Folk

Sing?

Moon, Mr. Moon,

When you comin' down?

—BLISS CARMAN.



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