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Choosing Their Names by Thomas Hood










Choosing Their Names
Thomas Hood

Our old cat has kittens three-
What do you think their names should be?
One is tabby with emerald eyes,
And a tail that's long and slender,
And into a temper she quickly flies
If you ever by chance offend her.
I think we shall call her this-
I think we shall call her that-
Now, don't you think that Pepperpot
Is a nice name for a cat?

One is black with a frill of white,
And her feet are all white fur,
If you stroke her she carries her tail upright
And quickly begins to purr.
I think we shall call her this-
I think we shall call her that-
Now, don't you think that Sootikin
Is a nice name for a cat?

One is a tortoishell yellow and black,
With plenty of white about him;
If you tease him, at once he sets up his back,
He's a quarrelsome one, ne'er doubt him.
I think we shall call him this-
I think we shall call him that-
Now, don't you think that Scratchaway
Is a nice name for a cat?

Our old cat has kittens three
And I fancy these their names will be:
Pepperpot, Sootikin, Scratchaway-There!
Were ever kittens with these to compare?
And we call the old mother-
Now, what do you think?
Tabitha Longclaws Tiddley Wink.