Laugh and Learn ABC Book, Page 2
An Ape and Ass, who took a walk in company, one day
Were startled by an Adder, that rose hissing in their way:
“Of course, of such a creature,” cried the Ape, “I have no fear;
But it makes me somewhat nervous, and I’d rather not go near.”
“A THING they call by your name, I observe the ladies wear,
Around their necks in this way,” to the Boa said the Bear.
“Now, if you’ll let me wear you,” he continued, with a smile,
I’ll take it as a favor, for I love to be in style.”
“IT is not grief that makes me weep,” a crocodile replied,
To a Camel, who, with kindly words to ease his sorrow tried.
“We Crocodiles are famous for our tears, my friend, you know,
So, just for practice, every day, I let a gallon flow.”