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When the Goose arrived she began to laugh
A monkey was weighing out apples and roots;
Ganderee went into an elephant's shop,
And quickly she bought a new churn; For, as it grew late, she feared to stop,
As in safety she wished to return.
Ere, however, she got about half the way,
And now she hissed with fear and dismay,
But at last of a capital plan she bethought,
Of a place where she safely might hide; She got into the churn that she just had bought, And then fastened the lid inside.
The churn was placed on the brow of a hill, And with Ganderee's weight down it rolled, Passing the Fox, who stood perfectly still,
Quite alarmed, though he was very bold.
For the Goose's wings flapped strangely about,
So safely she reached her own home at noon,
And cried out in a terrible way:
“Quick, quick, let me in! oh, for once be kind,
For the huntsman's horn I hear;
Oh, hide me in any snug place you can find,
So the Goose looked out in order to see
"I'll hide you,” she said, "in my nice new churn:" "That will do very well," said he ;
"And thank you for doing me this good turn, Most friendly and kind Ganderee."
Then into the churn the Fox quickly got;
Then the Fox cried out, "Oh! I burn, I burn,
And I feel in a pitiful plight;"
But the Goose held fast the lid of the churn,
Mankind have an enemy whom they well know, Who tempts them in every way;
But they, too, at length shall o'ercome this foe, If wisdom's right law they obey.