The Owl and the Pussy-Cat

Owl & Pussy-cat

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat by Edward Lear – 1871

I

The Owl and the Pussy-cat 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!”

II

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.

III

“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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4 thoughts on “The Owl and the Pussy-Cat

  1. What a good choice. I agree with you about grown-up poetry. You never know what you’re going to get, and you have to go carefully and thoroughly to find works that speak to your mood. Poetry for children is a surer thing. I am named after Christopher Robin, and I like his father’s poetry. It has a musical quality to it. I’ve heard at least one of the poems performed in song. I often think of Shel Silverstein and his relentless rhyme about the girl who would not take the garbage out. And when she did, it was too late. Lear’s rhyme and rhythm are reliable. And his images are fun to picture in one’s head in addition to looking at pictures. “They danced by the light of the moon.” Words to live by. Thanks for sharing “The Owl and the Pussy-Cat”!

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    1. You will not believe it! My all-time VERY Favorite poem–my mantra–was written by Shel Silverstein
      I wanted to post it, but I am afraid people are tiring of my childhood dribble. Check it out: If you are a dreamer, come it! My mantra

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