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First Line: That woman there is almost dead
Last Line: "they'll soon see who was left at home."
Alternate Author Name(s): Davies, W. H.
Subject(s): Rats

"THAT woman there is almost dead,
Her feet and hands like heavy lead;
Her cat's gone out for his delight,
He will not come again this night.

"Her husband in a pothouse drinks,
Her daughter at a soldier winks;
Her son is at his sweetest game,
Teasing the cobbler old and lame.

"Now with these teeth that powder stones,
I'll pick at one of her cheekbones:
When husband, son and daughter come,
They'll soon see who was left at home."

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