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The Frog's Fiasco

from Boys And Girls Bookshelf - FUN FOR VERY LITTLE FOLK





by D. K. Stevens

There was once a Frog
In a lonesome Bog
With a voice that was well worth praising.
He had one song and it used to go
Way down in the added lines below
Like this: [Symbol: music] which is quite amazing.

So he said one day
In a casual way
"Although it is scarcely vital
And I may be wrong, it appears to me
That a frog with a voice like mine should be
First class in a Song Recital."

So he posted sheets
In the village streets
With the date and the price: one shilling;
And he billed himself "Signor" because
He thought he would get immense applause
By the aid of a little frilling.

Well, it came about
That his friends turned out
From the Crane to the Curious Cricket,
With the Hare and the Hedgehog, Coon and Fox,
And the Critical Owl in a private box,
(On a Complimentary Ticket.)

When the clock struck eight
Signor Frog in state
Thus opened the exhibition:
"For my first attempt on the concert-stump
I shall render a song that is called 'Ger-rump.'
An original composition."

Then the Critical Owl
With a guttural growl,
Or a noise which was something near it,
Stood up and observed: "All summer long
From dusk till day you have sung that song--
And why should we pay to hear it?"

So they all marched out
In a regular rout,
With remarks most decidedly chilling,
And every one, as he passed the stand
Where the Muskrat kept all the cash in hand,
Demanded and got his shilling!

And the luckless Frog,
In the lonesome Bog,
Relapsed into deep dejection;
As he broods alone on his dismal case
And sings all night in a booming bass,
"Ger-rump" is his one selection.





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