Sunday, April 17, 2011

BW16: O is for Owl

Painting by Donna L. Derstine

Forgive me, but I'm madly working on finishing a paper for my humanities class so keeping it short and sweet this week.   Did you ever have a nursery rhyme get stuck in your head, but then couldn't remember the whole thing.  Has happened many a time to me, particularly with this one. It was published in 1871.   Enjoy!

The Owl and the Pussycat


The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note.

The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
"O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are, you are, you are,
What a beautiful Pussy you are."

Pussy said to the Owl "You elegant fowl,
How charmingly sweet you sing.
O let us be married, too long we have tarried;
But what shall we do for a ring?"

They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-tree grows,
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose, his nose, his nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

"Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling your ring?"
Said the Piggy, "I will"
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon.

And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand.
They danced by the light of the moon, the moon, the moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.


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  1. There hasn't been much "reading time" lately, so I'm a little behind schedule.

  2. I love this poem. My 12 year old memorized it earlier this year. Good luck on your humanities paper!

  3. Yikes...I have a mid-term to take this weekend....

    I finished Murder of a Bookstore Babe but was unable to get the review up.

  4. I'm a bit behind in reviews so I have 3 listed in one blog post this week. I'm catching up!

  5. I'm still way behind in the challenge, but if I can just get through A Tale of Two Cities and Jane Eyre I'll be sort of caught up! Must run off to read :-)

  6. Sounds like everyone is behind. I started a month late, so I was behind from go.

  7. that has always been one of my favorite poems, and I love the picture.


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