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First Line: I tell them all that a's for appetite
Last Line: Who lick your face and bark and tumble down.
Subject(s): Animals; Children; Dogs; Childhood

I tell them all that A's for APPETITE
And B's a BONE, and C's a Pussy CAT,
And though they do not pay attention quite
The way they should, I think they growled at that.
They've been to school all day there on the mat,
And yet they will not learn their letters right;
Their little tummies are so very fat
I fear their brains are crowded just a mite.

I cannot make them consecrate their thought,
Not even though I scold them some, and frown.
They don't get half the discipline they ought,
Their eyes are so affectionate and brown!
I don't believe that scholars can be taught
Who lick your face and bark and tumble down.

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