A. A. Milne

The King's Breakfast

The King asked

The Queen, and

The Queen asked

The Dairymaid:

"Could we have some butter for

The Royal slice of bread?"

The Queen asked

The Dairymaid,

The Dairymaid

Said, "Certainly,

I'll go and tell

The cow


Before she goes to bed."

The Dairymaid

She curtsied,

And went and told

The Alderney:

"Don't forget the butter for

The Royal slice of bread."

The Alderney

Said sleepily:

"You'd better tell

His Majesty

That many people nowadays

Like marmalade


The Dairymaid

Said, "Fancy!"

And went to

Her Majesty.

She curtsied to the Queen, and

She turned a little red:

"Excuse me,

Your Majesty,

For taking of

The liberty,

But marmalade is tasty, if

It's very



The Queen said


And went to

His Majesty:

"Talking of the butter for

The Royal slice of bread,

Many people

Think that


Is nicer.

Would you like to try a little



The King said,


And then he said,

"Oh, dear me!"

The King sobbed, "Oh, deary me!"

And went back to bed.


He whimpered,

"Could call me

A fussy man;

I only  want

A little bit

Of butter for

My bread!"

The Queen said,

"There, there!"

And went to

The Dairymaid.

The Dairymaid

Said, "There, there!"

And went to the shed.

The cow said,

"There, there!

I didn't really

Mean it;

Here's milk for his porringer

And butter for his bread."

The Queen took

The butter

And brought it to

His Majesty;

The King said,

"Butter, eh?"

And bounced out of bed.

"Nobody," he said,

As he kissed her


"Nobody," he said,

As he slid down

The banisters,


My darling,

Could call me

A fussy man—


I do like a little bit of butter to my bread!"