: MOTHER GOOSE CONTINUED
: Boys And Girls Bookshelf
"Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King's horses and all the King's men
Couldn't put Humpty Dumpty together again."
There he lay, stretched out on the ground,
While all the company gathered around;
When, valiantly stifling his tears and his groans,
He sadly addressed them in quavering tone
"Friends," said Humpty, wiping his eyes,
"This sudden descent was an awful surprise.
It inclines me to think,--you may laugh at my views,--
That a seat that is humble is safest to choose.
"All are not fitted to sit on a wall,
Some have no balance, and some are too small;
Many have tried it and found, as I guess,
They've ended, like me, in a terrible mess.
"Hark, you horses, and all you king's men!
Hear it, and never forget it again!
'Tis those who are patient in seats that are low,
Who some day get up in high places and crow."
Then they took him and put him to bed.
I hope you'll remember the things that he said;
For all the king's horses and all the king's men
Never once thought of his sermon again.