Gateway to the Classics: Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes by Beatrix Potter
Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes by  Beatrix Potter

Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes


Appley Dapply, a little brown mouse,

Goes to the cupboard in somebody's house.


In somebody's cupboard

There's everything nice,

Cake, cheese, jam, biscuits,

—All charming for mice!


Appley Dapply has little sharp eyes,

And Appley Dapply is so  fond of pies!


Now who is this knocking

At Cottontail's door?

Tap tappit! Tap tappit!

She's heard it before?


And when she peeps out

there is nobody there,

But a present of carrots

put down on the stair.


Hark! I hear it again!

Tap, tap, tappit! Tap tappit!

Why—I really believe it's

A little black rabbit!


Old Mr. Pricklepin has never a cushion

to stick his pins in,

His nose is black and

his beard is gray,

And he lives in an ash stump

over the way.


You know the old woman

Who lived in the shoe?

And had so many children

She didn't know what to do?


I think if she lived in a little shoe-house—

That little old woman was surely a mouse!


Diggory Diggory Delvet!

A little old man in black velvet;

He digs and he delves—

You can see for yourselves

The mounds dug by Diggory Delvet.


Gravy and potatoes

In a good brown pot—

Put them in the oven,

and serve them very hot!


There once was an amiable


Who brushed back his hair like

a periwig—


He wore a sweet tie,

As blue as the sky—


And his whiskers and buttons

Were very big.

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