Saturday, January 1, 2011

Adorable Old Poem

This is a poem that my grandpa learned in school, back when he was in kindergarten.  We were visiting one time and he quoted a part of it that made us laugh, and we asked him where he'd heard it.  He told us that he'd had to memorize it as a little boy.  My brother only recently tracked it down.  Unfortunately, neither of us has been able to find the title or the author, so I will just have to the best I can without that information for you.  It's such a dear little poem.  It made me smile.
 The Fairy, the Mole, and the Rabbit

There once was a rabbit with silver fur:
Her little gray neighbours looked up to her,
Till she thought with pride in the moon-lit wood,
“The reason I’m white is because I’m good.”

“Oh what shall I do?” cried a tiny mole;
“A fairy has tumbled into a hole:
It’s full of water and crawling things,
And she can’t get out, for she’s hurt her wings.

“I did my best to catch hold of her hair,
But my arms are so short, and she’s still in there,
Oh! darling white rabbit, your arms are long,
You say you are good, and I know you are strong.”

“Don’t tell me about it,” the rabbit said -
She shut up her eyes, and her ears grew red; -
“There’s lots of mud and it’s sure to stick,
Because my hair is so long and thick.”

“Oh dear! oh dear!” sobbed the poor little mole,
“Who will help the fairy out of the hole?”
A common gray rabbit popped up from the gorse,
“I’m not very strong, but I’ll try, of course.”

His little tail bobbed as he waded in,
The muddy water came up to his chin,
But he caught the fairy tight by the hand
And sent her off safe into Fairy-land.

But she kissed him first on his muddy nose,
She kissed his face, and his little wet toes,
And when the day dawned, in the early light
That little gray rabbit was shining white.

- Author Unknown

1 comment:

  1. My mother had to memorize this in first grade, that was in 1927, and she could recite it till the day she died. It is a sweet poem and I wish that little kids today could hear and maybe even memorize it!

    Somehow I cannot imagine a six year old today with the patience to do so.


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