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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship.  1904.
Poems of Home: II. For Children
The Three Little Kittens
Eliza Lee Follen (1787–1860)
(A Cat’s Tale, with Additions)

THREE little kittens lost their mittens;
    And they began to cry,
        O mother dear,
        We very much fear
    That we have lost our mittens.        5
    Lost your mittens!
    You naughty kittens!
    Then you shall have no pie.
        Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow.
    No, you shall have no pie.        10
        Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow.
The three little kittens found their mittens,
    And they began to cry,
        O mother dear,
        See here, see here;        15
    See, we have found our mittens.
    Put on your mittens,
    You silly kittens,
    And you may have some pie.
        Purr-r, purr-r, purr-r,        20
    O let us have the pie.
        Purr-r, purr-r, purr-r.
The three little kittens put on their mittens,
    And soon ate up the pie;
        O mother dear,        25
        We greatly fear
    That we have soiled our mittens.
    Soiled your mittens!
    You naughty kittens!
    Then they began to sigh,        30
        Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow,
    Then they began to sigh,
        Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow.
The three little kittens washed their mittens,
    And hung them out to dry;        35
        O mother dear,
        Do not you hear,
    That we have washed our mittens?
    Washed your mittens!
    O, you ’re good kittens.        40
    But I smell a rat close by;
        Hush! hush! mee-ow, mee-ow.
    We smell a rat close by,
        Mee-ow-mee-ow, mee-ow.

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