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THE BIRDS' BALL, by            
First Line: Spring once said to the nightingale
Last Line: Flew to their nest from the birdies' ball.


SPRING ONCE SAID to the nightingale,
"I mean to give you birds a ball;
Pray, ma'am, ask the birdies all,
The birds and birdies, great and small."

Soon they came from bush and tree,
Singing sweet their song of glee,
Each one fresh from its cozy nest,
Each one dressed in its Sunday best.

Cuckoo and wren, they danc'd for life,
The raven waltzed with the yellowbird's wife;
The awkward owl and the bashful jay,
Wished each other "a very good day."

The woodpecker came from his hole in the tree,
And brought his bill to the company.
For the cherries ripe and the berries red,
'Twas a very long bill, so the birdies said.

They danced all day till the sun was low,
Till the mother birds prepared to go;
Then one and all, both great and small
Flew to their nest from the birdies' ball.





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