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First Line: Patter! Patter! Running feet!
Last Line: Shall solve our riddle: friend or foe?
Subject(s): Riddles

PATTER! patter! running feet!
Something stirring in the street!
Does it come, or does it go?
Patter! patter! Friend or foe!

Love, the merry tricksy sprite,
In my lantern sits to-night.
Be it coming, friend or foe,
Love will "show him up" I know.

Patter! patter! nearer still;
Shall I? -- no -- I -- yes -- I will.
"Who goes there?" -- "It's only me!"
Ah! my little pet Marie!

Merry, loving, fond, and fair,
In the dark I see you there.
Still the sentry I will play:
"There's a password, love, to say."

What! She cannot answer me?
Has she lost her tongue, may be?
Never mind, love; face full well
Tells what lips refuse to tell!

Passwords, questions, little one,
We can quite well leave alone.
Other folks than we, I know,
Shall solve our riddle: Friend or foe?

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