By Oliver Herford
Oliver Herford (1863-1935) used to be a British born American author, artist and illustrator who has been known as "The American Oscar Wilde". As a common contributor to The Mentor, lifestyles, and girls' domestic magazine, he occasionally signed his paintings as "O Herford". In 1906 he wrote and illustrated the Little publication of Bores (1906). He additionally wrote brief poems just like the Chimpanzee and The chicken, in addition to writing and illustrating The Rubaiyat of a Persian Kitten (1904), Cynic's Calendar (1917) and Excuse It Please (1930). He additionally co-authored John Cecil Clay in writing Cupid's Almanac and consultant to Hearticulture for This 12 months and subsequent by means of Clay in 1908.
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Why is it that I never hear A Pussy-willow mew? 31 The Kitten's Garden of Verses In Darkest Africa At evening when the lamp is lit, The tired Human People sit And doze, or turn with solemn looks The speckled pages of their books. Then I, the Dangerous Kitten, prowl And in the Shadows softly growl, And roam about the farthest floor Where Kitten never trod before. And, crouching in the jungle damp, I watch the Human Hunter‘s camp, Ready to spring with fearful roar 32 The Kitten's Garden of Verses As soon as I shall hear them snore.
36 The Kitten's Garden of Verses And now with a terrible deafening mew, Like a Tiger I leap on my prey, And just when I think I have torn it in two It is up in the air and away.
34 The Kitten's Garden of Verses At Human jokes, however stale, He jumps about and wags his tail, And Human People clap their hands And think he really understands. They say “Good Dog“ to him. To us They say “Poor Puss,“ and make no fuss. Why Dogs are “good“ and Cats are “poor“ I fail to understand, I‘m sure. To Someone very Good and Just, Who has proved worthy of her trust, A Cat will sometimes condescend— The Dog is Everybody‘s friend. 35 The Kitten's Garden of Verses The Game Watching a ball on the end of a string, Watching it swing back and to, Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing Ever a Kitten can do.
The Kitten's Garden of Verses (Illustrated edition) by Oliver Herford