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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