Mary Mapes Dodge

1830-1905

 

Wouldn't And Would

by Mary Mapes Dodge

I wouldnt be a growler

I wouldn't be a growler, I wouldn't be a bear;
I wouldn't be an owlet, always on a stare;

Not an owl, not a monkey

I wouldn't be a monkey, doing foolish tricks;
I wouldn't be a donkey, full of sullen kicks.

Not a donkey

I wouldn't be a goose,
Nor a peacock full of pride,
But I would be a big boy,
With a pocket on each side.

I would be a big boy

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Rhymes And Jingles
Copyright 1875
Scribner, Armstrong, And Company
 
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