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First Line: My house is quite full of such curious things
Last Line: But they think that the toys are quite sure to obey.
Subject(s): Children; Toys; Childhood


My house is quite full of such curious things.
There are blocks that have feet, there are books that have wings;
And dolls that can walk, and two old Teddy-bears
With legs that can carry them up and down stairs.
And Polly's not sure, and Jimmy can't say
Just how they were made in this curious way.

We stand each book nicely away on the shelf,
But somehow it seems to get down by itself.
And toys that we put every day in their place
All scamper about till they're quite a disgrace.
And Polly can't say, and Jimmy don't know
Just why we should find them wherever we go.

This morning I called, in a voice loud and clear,
So even the toys in the attic could hear,
"If you're all in your places at bedtime, I might
Bring home something good in my pockets to-night."
And Polly don't know, and Jimmy can't say,
But they think that the toys are quite sure to obey.





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