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"PLEASE LET ME GO HOME WITH YOU."
The Baldwin Library
DAME TROT AND HER CAT.
Dame Trot was out walking one very fine day,
And close by her side went her nimble dog Tray,
When.all of a sudden she heard such a sound,
Of somebody crying, she had to look 'round.
And what do you think she beheld, the good soul ?
Why, a dear little kitten as black as a coal,
That looked in her face with a pitiful Miew!"
As if it said, ".Please let me go home with you."
Dame Trot took the kitten up close in her. arms,
And stroked it, and quieted down its alarms,
And soon-it was purring quite happy enough,
And the Dame said, **Why, Puss, you're as good as
So Muff was the name that she gave to the cat.
For she. found it would readily answer to that,
And .when it lay curled on the floor in a fluff
If really and truly looked just like a muff.
Dame Trot fed her cat on the nicest of milk,
Till its fine suit of fur was as glossy as silk,
And Pussy was grateful, so neat and so nice,
She soon rid the house of the rats and the mice.
"DAME TROT FED HER CAT ON THE NICEST OF MILK."
DAME TROT AND HER CAT.
One morning Dame Trot went off early to town,
To buy her some tea, and a calico gown,
And she said as she parted from Muff and from Tray,
" Now be very'good children while I' am away."
The dog said," Bow-wow," and the cat said "Miew-miew,"
Just as if every word that was spoken they knew,
And Dame Trot went away with a smile on her face,
Quite.sure that no robbers would enter her place.
And when .she came back what a sight met. er eyes!
She lifted. er hands, and exclaimed with surprise;
For there on the floor-each as light as a feather-
The cat and the dog she saw dancing together!
Now kittens and children, said worthy Dame Trot,
Should always improve in their manners. Why not?
And that Tray and Miss Muff hight learn all they were able,
They each had a chair at their mistress's table.
Muff daintily ate from a nice china dish,
And helped herself freely to oysters and fish,
And out of a saucer of milk drank her fill,
And was careful indeed lest a drop she should spill.
Dame Trot made a nice little dress for the cat,
All covered with ribbons and lace, and all that,
And a Normandy cap with the crown in a puff,
That was very becoming indeed to Miss Muff.
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"THE CAT AND THE DOG SHE SAW DANCING TOGETHER."
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"SHE COULD SWEEP, AND TAKE CARE OF HER ROOM."
DAME TROT AND HER CAT
Muff learned in good season to make up her bed,
And was clever at baking both biscuits and bread;
She could sweep, she could dust, and take care of her room
As if all her life she'd been used to a broom.
But Puss had one failing, she was fond of fine clothes,
And at poorly dressed people would turn up her nose,
And she studied the fashions and styles of the day,
And thought of them oft in her dreams, I daresay.
So one day when Dame Trot had gone out for a walk,
With her friends and her neighbors to have a good talk,
Puss dressed herself up in her best hat and feather,
And she and Dog Tray left the cottage together.
Dame Trot coming home from her visit that day,
As the weather was fine took a roundabout way,
And turning a corner she nearly fell flat
With surprise, at beholding her dog and her cat.
For Tray was the pony; and there on his back,
Sat pretty Miss Muff in her fine suit of black;
And the Dame with her laughter so long and so loud
In a very few moments attracted a crowd.
"You're a .very great lady, Miss Pussy," said she;
And Puss gave a simpering giggle-" Te-e !"
Or it sounded like that, for it never would do,
For one'in such grandeur to utter a Miew.
"THERE ON HIS BACK SAT PRETTY MISS MUFF.
DAME .TROT AND HER CAT.
But Tray was uneasy and restless the while,
For he wasn't much given to putting on style,
And though pretty Pussy he could but admire,
To welcome his mistress was now his desire.
So he sprang to the side of Dame Trot with a leap,
And down went the pussy cat all in a heap,
And her flounces and feathers were draggled and torn.
You ne'er saw a creature so crushed and forlorn.
"Puss," said. the Dame,." 'tis the love of fine clothes,
That brings on good people one half of their woes,
And sooner or later you're certain to find
That pride has a fall of the very worst kind.
You're a beautiful cat, and I'm free to confess,
. You please me the most in your natural dress "
And Puss, looking just as if ready to speak,
A velvet paw lifted and stroked the Dame's cheek.
Dame Trot held the kitten awhile in her lap,
Where it had an exceedingly comforting nap,
Then giving Miss Pussy another good hug
She settled her down on the cushion so snug.
"I'm tired and sleepy," the good woman said,
"And 'tis time I am sure that we all went to bed;
So good night!" said the Dame. Bow-wow!" said dogTray.
Miew-miew!" said the cat. And they slept till next day.,
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"YOU NE'ER SAW A CREATURE SO CRUSHED AND FORLORN."
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