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Language: English

Black as a chimney is his face
  And ivory white his teeth,
And in his brass-bound cart he rides,
  The chestnut blooms beneath.

'Sooeep, Sooeep!' he cries, and brightly peers
  This way and that, to see
With his two light-blue shining eyes
  What custom there may be.

And once inside the house, he'll squat,
  And drive his rods on high,
Till twirls his sudden sooty brush
  Against the morning sky.

Then 'mid his bulging bags of soot,
  With half the world asleep,
His small cart wheels him off again,
  Still hoarsely bawling, 'Sooeep!'

Confirmed with Peacock Pie. A Book of Rhymes by Walter de la Mare, London: Constable & Co. Ltd., [1920], page 88.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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