Monday, November 24, 2014

VERSES ON A CAT by Percy Bysshe Shelley




VERSES  ON  A  CAT

by Percy Bysshe Shelley






A cat in distress,
Nothing more, nor less;
Good folks, I must faithfully tell ye,
As I am a sinner,
It waits for somne dinner
To stuff out its own little belly.





You would not easily guess
All the modes of distress
Which torture the tenants of earth;
And the various evils,
Which like so many devils,
Attend the poor souls from their birth.






Some a living require,
And others desire
An old fellow out of the way;
And which is the best
I leave to be guessed,
For I cannot pretend to say.





One wants society,
Another variety,
Others a tranquil life;
Some want food.
Others, as good,
Only want a wife.






But this poor little cat
Only wanted a rat,
To stuff its own little maw;
And it were as good
Some people had such food,
To make them hold their jaw.











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