The Book of the Rose

by Charles G.D. Roberts


 

THE PIPER AND THE CHIMING PEAS


 

There was a little piper man
As merry as you please,
Who heard one day the sweet-pea blossoms
Chiming in the breeze.

He murmured with a courtly grace

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That set them quite at ease,—
"I never knew that you had such
Accomplishments as these!

"If I should pipe until you're ripe
I think that by degrees

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You might become as wise as I
And chime in Wagnerese!"

"Oh no, kind Sir! That could not be!"
Replied the modest peas.
"We only play such simple airs

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As suit the bumble-bees."