by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832 - 1898), as Lewis Carroll

Speak roughly to your little boy
Language: English 
Speak roughly to your little boy,
And beat him when he sneezes;
He only does it to annoy,
Because he knows it teases.

I speak severely to my boy,
I beat him when he sneezes;
For he can thoroughly enjoy
The pepper when he pleases!

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Note: this is a parody of David Bates' "Speak Gently."


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This text was added to the website: 2004-04-11
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