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Plish and Plum
written by "Brooks, Charles Timothy, 1813-1883"
...ere a shoe. These, before the morning glow, Curious changes undergo. [19] When he comes the boys to wake, And beholds the frightful wreck, Pale the father cries: "This will Be a monstrous heavy bill!" [20] Vengeful claws are in the air; Feigning sleep, the rogues lie there; But the mother begs: "I pray, Fittig dear, thy wrath allay!" And her loving words assuage The stern father's boiling rage. [21] Paul and Peter never care How they look or what they wear. Peter two old slippers gets, Paul his infant pantalets. Plish and Plum, in morals blind, To the dog-house are confined. [22] "This is bad!" says Sly, "he! he! Very bad, but not for me!" CHAPTER IV. Caught at last in wiry house, [23] Sits that most audacious mouse, Who, with many a nightly antic, Drove poor Mamma Fittig frantic,— Rioting, with paws erratic, From the cellar to the attic. [23] This event to Plish and Plum Was a long-sought gaudium; For the word was: "Stu-boys! take him! Seize the wicked grinder—shake him!" Soft! a refuge mousey reaches In a leg of Peter's breeches. [24] Through the leg-tube Plish pursues him, Plum makes sure he shall not lose him. Nip! the mousey with his tooth Stings the smeller of the youth. [25] Plish essays to pull him clear; Nip! the plague's on Plish's ear. [26] See! they run heels over head, Into neighbor's garden-bed. Kritze-kratze! what will be— Come, sweet flower-plot, of thee? [27] At that moment Madam Mieding, With fresh oil, her lamp is feeding; And her heart comes near to breaking, With those pests her garden wrecking. Indignation lends her wings, And the oil-can, too, she brings. [28] ...

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