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First Line: Little cat of an angel
Last Line: For her skirts to spill.
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


LITTLE cat of an angel,
Did the Virgin kiss you?
Will the poor Dear miss you,
Pretending with your lute?
She has the other angel
Perching near Her tissue,
Cheek against Her foot,
Peeping over his flute.

Sleeky purring angel,
Did She, feather by feather,
Seek a red and green one
For the Child to play?
Will the other angel
Shut his wings together,
Spread for mocking and preen one,
Flutter the Child away?

Little cat of a darling,
Did you bring the Virgin
A glass with meadow-spurge in
To light Her window-sill?
With faint and dainty snarling
Your wingy brother Rosy
Set a columbine posy
For Her skirts to spill.





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