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King Gobble’s Feast

KING GOBBLE, THE TURKEY, STRUTTING ABOUT.

 

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King Gobble was proud,

And liked strutting about,

And the birds stepped aside

When he pleased to walk out.

To his Queen he observed,

“My dear, drop a line,

And invite all our friends

To come here and dine:

I’ve examined the fields,

there’s abundance of seed,

And, at the farmer’s expense,

It will be easy to feed.”

Queen Gobble agreed —

She never ventured a word

In contradiction to what was

Expressed by her lord.

 

MASTER PIGEON, THE CARRIER, DELIVERS THE INVITATIONS.

 

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The invitations were written,

Then to each bird directed,

And a very smart fellow

Was as Postman selected —

Master Pigeon, the Carrier —

Who returned with the news

That the birds were delighted,

And but few had refused,

Whose children were young,

Just beginning to fledge,

And could not be left

By themselves in the hedge:

Such a washing of feathers

To get themselves clean,

After sharpening of beaks,

Was ne’er before seen.

 

THE FARMER THREATENS DESTRUCTION TO THE GUESTS.

 

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After dinner the guests

Promenaded together,

Talked of the fields, of the woods,

Of the corn, and the weather;

Some scratched holes in the ground,

Some basked in the sun,

When the farmer was seen

With his two-ballell’d gun!

“Why Dick,” the matter?

For miles have the birds

come in flocks here to chatter;

Just look round the fields,

And I’ll promise the lot

(If you find any damage)

A taste of powder and shot!”

 

THE BIRDS COLLECT ON THEIR ROAD TO THE FEAST.

 

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The day at last came,

And as the birds flew along —

Some whistled, some warbled,

Some struck up a song;

The country folks guessed,

By seeing such swarms together,

that no doubt there’d be

Either wet or dry weather;

Some knowing ones said

that they certainly thought

Putting salt on their tails

Was how they were caught:

The little boys tried,

And were then told the reason

They couldn’t succeed —

It was not the right season!

 

OLD MOTHER GOOSE ABUSES MR. COXCOMB.

 

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But now the birds all

With consternation were filled —

Mrs. Hen’s only chick

By a strange cat was killed;

She fainted and fell back

On poor old Mother Goose,

Who gave Coxcomb, her husband,

No end of abuse.

Other birds took it up,

And, shouting out shame,

Call’d him “Barn-door,” “Dung-hill,”

And every vile name —

“Who’s afraid of a cat,

And let her eat up his child?”

Coxcomb’s blood was fast rising —

He began to feel wild.

 

MR. BANTAM IS GIVEN IN CHARGE TO THE POLICE.

 

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To his guests Gobble said,

“What the farmer just spoke

Was nothing at all,

“Twas only uttered in joke!”

Then some went to the water,

Having expressed a strong wish

To finish their dinner

With some choice sort of fish.

Mr. Bantam was there,

And, as usual, spoke insulting words,

And very vulgarly offered

To thrash any one of the birds;

As they found that he’d made up

His mind for a fight,

Policeman Pouter was ordered

To lock him up for the night!

 

DEATH OF PROUD KING GOBBLE.

 

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In the midst of this uproar,

Bang, bang! went a gun,

which blew some to pieces,

And made the others all run.

Gobble’s pride had received

A most terrible blow,

And he rushed home as fast

As his two legs would go.

Here he was seized by the farmer,

Who pull’d out his knife,

And, to prevent further mischief,

Put an end to his life.

the next day for dinner

He was roasted and basted,

“And a more tender Turkey,”

They said, “never was tasted!”

 

 

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MORAL.

 

Pride of Heart Foreruns Destruction.

 

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Notes:

“King Gobble’s Feast”  is  illustrated by J. (Justin) H. Howard and was originally published in 1867 by McLoughlin Bros, NYC.  A children’s book printed on linen.  It is one of many early library books and school textbooks from our archives.  Due to its seasonal theme and its early teaching method we thought it would be of interest to our members and readers at this time.  (In this collection many of the books are marked as being part of those assigned to Ticonderoga’s  School District 14.)

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