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Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes by  Beatrix Potter

Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes

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Appley Dapply, a little brown mouse,

Goes to the cupboard in somebody's house.

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In somebody's cupboard

There's everything nice,

Cake, cheese, jam, biscuits,

—All charming for mice!

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Appley Dapply has little sharp eyes,

And Appley Dapply is so  fond of pies!

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Now who is this knocking

At Cottontail's door?

Tap tappit! Tap tappit!

She's heard it before?

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And when she peeps out

there is nobody there,

But a present of carrots

put down on the stair.

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Hark! I hear it again!

Tap, tap, tappit! Tap tappit!

Why—I really believe it's

A little black rabbit!


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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.

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You know the old woman

Who lived in the shoe?

And had so many children

She didn't know what to do?

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

That little old woman was surely a mouse!

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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.

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Gravy and potatoes

In a good brown pot—

Put them in the oven,

and serve them very hot!

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There once was an amiable

guinea-pig,

Who brushed back his hair like

a periwig—

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He wore a sweet tie,

As blue as the sky—

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And his whiskers and buttons

Were very big.


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