Gateway to the Classics: A Child's Own Book of Verse, Book One by Ada M. Skinner and Frances Gillespy Wickes
 
A Child's Own Book of Verse, Book One by  Ada M. Skinner and Frances Gillespy Wickes

The Clucking Hen

"Will you take a walk with me,

My little wife, to-day?

There's barley in the barley field,

And hayseed in the hay."


"Thank you;" said the clucking hen;

"I've something else to do;

I'm busy sitting on my eggs,

I cannot walk with you."


"Cluck, cluck, cluck, cluck,"

Said the clucking hen;

"My little chicks will soon be hatched,

I'll think about it then."


The clucking hen sat on her nest,

She made it in the hay;

And warm and snug beneath her breast,

A dozen white eggs lay.


Crack, crack, went all the eggs,

Out dropped the chickens small!

"Cluck," said the clucking hen,

"Now I have you all."


"Come along, my little chicks,

I'll take a walk with you."

"Hallo!" said the barn-door cock,

"Cock-a-doodle-doo!"


— Aunt Effie's Rhymes


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