by Oliver Herford (1863 - 1935)

A Thanksgiving fable
Language: English 
It was a hungry pussy cat,
  Upon Thanksgiving morn,
And she watched a thankful little mouse, 
  That ate an ear of corn.
"If I ate that thankful little mouse, 
  How thankful he should be,
When he has made a meal himself,
  To make a meal for me!

"Then with his thanks for having fed,
  And his thanks for feeding me,
With all his thankfulness inside,
  How [thankful]1 I shall be!"
Thus mused the hungry pussy cat,
  Upon Thanksgiving Day;
But the little mouse had overheard
  And declined (with thanks) to stay.

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1 Beach: "thank-full"

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This text was added to the website: 2008-07-08
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