Jelly Jake And Butter Bill

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Jelly Jake and Butter Bill

One dark night when all was still


Pattered down the long, dark stair,


And no one saw the guilty pair;


Pushed aside the pantry-door


And there found everything galore,


Honey, raisins, orange-peel,


Cold chicken aplenty for a meal,


Gingerbread enough to fill


Two such boys as Jake and Bill.


Well, they ate and ate and ate,


Gobbled at an awful rate


Till I'm sure they soon weighed more


Than double what they did before.


And then, it's awful, still it's true,


The floor gave way and they went thru.


Filled so full they couldn't fight.


Slowly they sank out of sight.


Father, Mother, Cousin Ann,


Cook and nurse and furnace man


Fished in forty-dozen ways


After them, for twenty days;


But not a soul has chanced to get


A glimpse or glimmer of them yet.


And I'm afraid we never will-


Poor Jelly Jake and Butter Bill.

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