Doctor Drake

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On a hummock by the lake

 

Stands the home of Doctor Drake,

 

Poor old doctor, how he works!

 

Week by week he never shirks.



 

Pulling teeth for quinea-fowl,

 

Soothing puppies when they howl,

 

Whittling out a hickory peg,

 

For a gander's broken leg,

 


Giving medicine away,

 

About a hundred times a day.

Linseed oil and elder-bark

 

To a croaking meadowlark.


Nasty, bitter yarrow-tea,

To a tipsy bumble-bee,

 

A poultice made of plantain leaves

 

To cure a rabbit with the heaves.

 


Fever, colic, cramp, or stitch,

Kitten-croup or beaver's-itch,

 

Any kind of pain or ache,

Is cured by dear, old Doctor Drake.

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