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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship.  1904.
Poems of Home: III. Fun for Little Folk
The Story of Cruel Frederick
Heinrich Hoffmann (1809–1894)
From “The English Struwwelpeter”

HERE is cruel Frederick, see!
A horrid wicked boy was he;
He caught the flies, poor little things,
And then tore off their tiny wings.
He killed the birds, and broke the chairs,        5
And threw the kitten down the stairs;
And Oh! far worse than all beside,
He whipped his Mary, till she cried.
The trough was full, and faithful Tray
Came out to drink one sultry day;        10
He wagged his tail, and wet his lip,
When cruel Fred snatched up a whip,
And whipped poor Tray till he was sore,
And kicked and whipped him more and more:
At this, good Tray grew very red,        15
And growled and bit him till he bled;
Then you should only have been by,
To see how Fred did scream and cry!
So Frederick had to go to bed;
His leg was very sore and red!        20
The Doctor came and shook his head,
And made a very great-to-do,
And gave him nasty physic too.
But good dog Tray is happy now;
He has no time to say “Bow-wow!”        25
He seats himself in Frederick’s chair,
And laughs to see the nice things there:
The soup he swallows sup by sup,
And eats the pies and puddings up.

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