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SONNET TO MRS. REYNOLD'S CAT, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Cat! Who hast pass'd thy grand climacteric
Last Line: In youth thou enter'dst on glass bottled wall.
Variant Title(s): To A Cat;on Mrs. Reynold's Cat
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


CAT! who hast pass'd thy grand climacteric,
How many mice and rats hast in thy days
Destroy'd?--How many tit bits stolen? Gaze
With those bright languid segments green, and prick
Those velvet ears--but pr'ythee do not stick
Thy latent talons in me--and upraise
Thy gentle mew--and tell me all thy frays
Of fish and mice, and rats and tender chick.
Nay, look not down, nor lick thy dainty wrists--
For all the wheezy asthma, --and for all
Thy tail's tip is nick'd off--and though the fists
Of many a maid have given thee many a maul,
Still is that fur as soft as when the lists
In youth thou enter'dst on glass bottled wall.





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