Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Town Rat & The Country Rat

THE TOWN RAT AND THE COUNTRY RAT. 
 
   A Rat from town, a country Rat  
  Invited in the civilest way;  
 For dinner there was just to be  
  Ortolans and an entremet.
Upon a Turkey carpet soft 
  The noble feast at last was spread;  
  I leave you pretty well to guess  
  The merry, pleasant life they led.
Gay the repast, for plenty reigned,
   Nothing was wanting to the fare;  
  But hardly had it well begun 
  Ere chance disturbed the friendly pair.
A sudden racket at the door  
 Alarmed them, and they made retreat; 
  The City Rat was not the last,  
 His comrade followed fast and fleet.  
 The noise soon over, they returned,
   As rats on such occasions do; 
    "Come," said the liberal citizen, 
  "And let us finish our ragout."

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