Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. I. Of Home: of Friendship
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship.  1904.
Poems of Home: II. For Children
The Elf and the Dormouse
Oliver Herford (1863–1935)
UNDER a toadstool
  Crept a wee Elf,
Out of the rain,
  To shelter himself.
Under the toadstool,        5
  Sound asleep,
Sat a big Dormouse
  All in a heap.
Trembled the wee Elf,
  Frightened, and yet        10
Fearing to fly away
  Lest he get wet.
To the next shelter—
  Maybe a mile!
Sudden the wee Elf        15
  Smiled a wee smile,
Tugged till the toadstool
  Toppled in two.
Holding it over him,
  Gayly he flew.        20
Soon he was safe home,
  Dry as could be.
Soon woke the Dormouse—
  “Good gracious me!
“Where is my toadstool?”        25
  Loud he lamented.
—And that ’s how umbrellas
  First were invented.

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