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TOY WARE HOUSE.
"Pray, what would you like!" said a Toyman,
Addressing a group of young folks,
"I have toys in abundance, and very cheap, too,
Though not quite so cheap as my jokes.
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That iron-gray rocking-horse, close at your side,
With saddle and bridle complete,
Will go without whipping, and, equally strange,
Without making use of his feet
Yet, stranger than that-whatsoever his pace,
Whether canter, or gallop, or trot,
Though moving at ten miles an hour-he ne'er-
Advances one inch from the spot.
"A full set of bricks is enclosed in this box,
(With the mortar we well may dispense,)
But with these you may build a magnificent
Without e'en a farthing's expense.
" With these you may raise up a Royal Exchange,
In less than five minutes, and then
Knock it down, and build up a new Parliament
In another five minutes,-or ten.
" A doli's pretty kitchen, stands next on the shelf,
With grate, pans, and kettle, and pot;
With dish and tureen, and all crockery-ware,
Knives and forks, and I cannot tell what;
" They would not quite do for a great city feast,
But I think I may venture to say,
A minnow or tittlebat there might be cooked.
As a rarity on Lord Mayor's day.
" Here's a wagon well laden, and here is a dray,
With horses and harness complete;
You can drive them in parlour and drawing-
As easily as in the street.
"Here's a whole file of soldiers, quite ready for
And each of them armed with a gun;
You may knock them all down with a feather,
You may pocket them-every one.
"Here's a fine stud of horses, which, strange
though it sounds,
Live neither on corn nor on hay;
A gentleman's carriage, and tilbury, too,
For which we've no taxes to pay.
"A coachman so plump, and a footman so tall,
Who cost not a penny for food;
For to tell you the truth, all their insides are
With a permanent dinner of wood.
" Here's a famous managerie, full of wild beasts;
See this lion with wide open jaws,
Enough to affright one, and yet I've no doubt,
You might venture to play with his claws.
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" Here's a tiger as tame as a lap-dog, you'll find,
And a fox that will not steal the geese:
So here you must own the old adage is proved,
That wonders are never to cease."
" Examine this sword, with its handle and sheath,
And its blade made of innocent wood;
'Twere well if all swords were as harmless as this,
And as equally guiltless of blood.
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" Here's a mill that will go without water or wind,
A wonder, you cannot deny;
I really can't say whether it will grind corn,
But it will be easy to try.
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