Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. V. Nature
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume V. Nature.  1904.
VI. Animate Nature
To an Insect
Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809–1894)
I LOVE to hear thine earnest voice,
  Wherever thou art hid,
Thou testy little dogmatist,
  Thou pretty Katydid!
Thou mindest me of gentlefolks,—        5
  Old gentlefolks are they,—
Thou say’st an undisputed thing
  In such a solemn way.
Thou art a female, Katydid!
  I know it by the trill        10
That quivers through thy piercing notes,
  So petulant and shrill.
I think there is a knot of you
  Beneath the hollow tree,—
A knot of spinster Katydids,—        15
  Do Katydids drink tea?
O, tell me where did Katy live,
  And what did Katy do?
And was she very fair and young,
  And yet so wicked too?        20
Did Katy love a naughty man,
  Or kiss more cheeks than one?
I warrant Kitty did no more
  Than many a Kate has done.

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