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Mother Tabbyskins by Elizabeth Anna Hart










Mother Tabbyskins

by Elizabeth Anna Hart


Sitting at a window

In her cloak and hat,

I saw Mother Tabbyskins,

The real old cat!

Very old, very old,

Crumplety and lame;

Teaching kittens how to scold-

Is it not a shame?


Kittens in the garden

Looking in her face,

Learning how to spit and swear-

Oh, what a disgrace!

Very wrong, very wrong,

Very wrong and bad;

Such a subject for our song,

Makes all too sad.


Old Mother Tabbyskins,

Sticking out her head,

Gave a howl, and then a yowl,

Hobbled off to bed.

Very sick, very sick

Very savage too;

Pray send for a doctor quick-

Any one will do!


Doctor Mouse came creeping,

Creeping to her bed;

Lanced her gums and felt her pulse,

Whispered she was dead.

Very sly, very sly,

The real old cat

Open kept her weather eye-

Mouse! beware of that!


Old Mother Tabbyskins,

Saying 'Serves him right,'

Gobbled up the doctor, with

Infinite delight.

Very fast, very fast

Very pleasant, too-

'What a pity it can't last!

Bring another, do!'


Doctor Dog comes running,

Just to see her begs;

Round his neck a comforter,

Trousers on his legs.

Very grand, very grand-

Golden-headed cane

Swinging gaily from his hand,

Mischief in his brain!


'Dear Mother Tabbyskins,

And how are you now?

Let me feel your pulse-so,so;

Show your tongue-bow,wow!

Very ill, very ill,

Please attempt to purr;

Will you take a draught or pill?

Which do you prefer?


Ah, Mother Tabbyskins,

Who is now afraid?

Of poor little Doctor Mouse

You a mouthful made.

Very nice, very nice

Little doctor he;

But for Doctor Dog's advice

You must pay the fee.


Doctor Dog comes nearer,

Says she must be bled;

I heard Mother Tabbyskins

Screaming in her bed.

Very near, very near,

Scuffling out and in;

Doctor Dog looks full and queer-

Where is Tabbyskin?


I will tell the Moral

Without any fuss:

Those who lead the young astray

Always suffer thus.

Very nice, very nice,

Let our conduct be;

For all doctors are not mice,

Some are dogs, you see!