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HENS
[ Also see Birds Cocks ]

Alas! my child, where is the Pen
  That can do justice to the Hen?
    Like Royalty, she goes her way,
      Laying foundations every day,
        Though not for Public Buildings, yet
          For Custard, Cake and Omelette.
            Of if too old for such a use
              They have their fling at some abuse,
                As when to censure Plays Unfit
                  Upon the stage they make a Hit
                    Or at elections seal the Fate
                      Of an Obnoxious Candidate.
                        No wonder, Child, we prize the Hen,
                          Whose Egg is Mightier than the Pen.
      - Oliver Herford, The Hen

Alas! my child, where is the Pen
  That can do justice to the Hen?
    Like Royalty, she goes her way,
      Laying foundations every day,
        Though not for Public Buildings, yet
          For Custard, Cake and Omelette.
            Of if too old for such a use
              They have their fling at some abuse,
                As when to censure Plays Unfit
                  Upon the stage they make a Hit
                    Or at elections seal the Fate
                      Of an Obnoxious Candidate.
                        No wonder, Child, we prize the Hen,
                          Whose Egg is Mightier than the Pen.
      - Oliver Herford, The Hen


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