domingo, 12 de enero de 2014

Abecedario del absurdo, de Walter Crane



·WALTER·CRANE'S·
·PICTURE·BOOKS·

·THE·
·ABSURD·
A·B·C

The absurd ABC originally published 1874.

A for the APPLE 
or Alphabet pie, 
Which all get a slice of. 
Come taste it & try. 

B is the BABY 
who gave Mr Bunting
 Full many a long day's 
rabbit skin hunting.

C for the CAT 
that played on the fiddle, 
When cows jumped higher 
than 'Heigh Diddle Diddle!' 

D for the DAME 
with her pig at the stile, 
'Tis said they got over, 
but not yet a while. 
E for the Englishman,
 ready to make fast 
The giant who wanted 
have him for breakfast. 

F for the Frog  
in the story you know,
Begun with a wooing 
but ending in woe.  

G for Goosey Gander
 who wandered upstairs, 
And met the old man 
who objected to prayers.  
H for poor Humpty 
who after his fall,  
Felt obliged to resign 
his seat on the wall.

I for the Inn 
where they wouldn't give beer,  
To one with too much  
and no money, I fear.

J does for poor Jack 
and also for Jill,  
Who had so disastrous 
a tumble down hill.
K for calm Kitty
at dinner who sat,  
While all the good folks  
watched the dog & the cat.

 L for Little man, 
gun and bullets complete, 
Who shot the poor duck, 
and was proud of the feat. 

M for Miss Muffet
with that horrid spider,  
Just dropped into tea 
and a chat beside her. 
 
N for the Numerous children 
they who  
Were often too much 
for their mother in Shoe.

O the Old person 
that cobwebs did spy,  
And went up to sweep 'em  
Oh ever so high!

P for the Pie made 
of blackbirds to sing,  
A song fit for supper
  a dish for a king. 
  Q for Queen Anne  
who sat in the sun 
Till she, more than the lily 
resembled the bun

R stands for Richard &  
Robert, those men  
Who didn't get up one 
fine morning till ten!

S for the Snail that showed 
wonderful fight,  
Putting no less than twenty-four  
tailors to flight! 
 T stands for Tom
the son of the piper, 
May his principles change  
as his years grow riper.

U for the Unicorn
keeping his eye on  
The coveted crown, 
and 'ts counsel the Lion.

V for the Victuals, 
including the drink,  
The old woman lived on  
surprising to think!
 W for the WOMAN  
who not over nice,  
Made very short work 
 of the three blind mice.

X is the X 
that is found upon buns,  
Which, daughters not liking,  
may come in for sons.

Y for Yankee Doodle 
of ancient renown,  
Both he & his pony 
that took him to town. 

Z for the Zany 
who looked like a fool, 
For when he was young 
he neglected his school. 

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