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Jelly Jake and Butter Bill


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

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 they never will,

Poor Jelly Jake and Butter Bill.


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