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The Fox and the Geese; and The Wonderful History of Henny-Penny
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...eld him again appear; “Let me in very quick,” he cried, “For the news I’ve to tell you’ll be charmed to hear, And ’tis rude to keep me outside.” But the Goose only opened one window-pane, And popped out her pretty red bill; Said she, “Your fair words are all in vain, But talk to me here, if you will.” [11] “To-morrow,” he cried, “there will be a fair, All the birds and the beasts will go; So allow me, I pray, to escort you there, For you will be quite charmed, I know.” “Many thanks for your news,” said Ganderee, “But I had rather not go with you; I care not for any gay sight to see,”— So the window she closed, and withdrew. In the morning, howe’er, her mind she changed, And she thought she would go to the fair; So her numerous feathers she nicely arranged, And cleaned her red bill with much care. She went, I believe, before it was light, For of Reynard she felt much fear; So quickly she thought she would see each sight, And return ere he should appear. [12] When the Goose arrived she began to laugh At the wondrous creatures she saw; There were dancing bears, and a tall giraffe, And a beautiful red macaw. A monkey was weighing out apples and roots; An ostrich, too, sold by retail; There were bees and butterflies tasting the fruits, And a pig drinking out of a pail. Ganderee went into an elephant’s shop, And quickly she bought a new churn; For, as it grew late, she feared to stop, As in safety she wished to return. Ere, however, she got about half the way, She saw approaching her foe; And now she hissed with fear and dismay, For she knew not which way to go. [13] [14] But at last of a capital plan she bethought, ...

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