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DAPPLE GRAY
HAD A LITTLE PONY, I NAMED HIM DAPPLE GRAY/ I LOANED HIM TO A
LADY TO RIDE A MILE AWAY./ SHE WHIPPED HIM, SHE LASHED HIM
SHE RODE HIM THROUGH THE MIRE, AND I WOULDN'T LOAN THAT PONY FOR ALL
THE LADY'S HIRE." (A KNEE BOUNCING SONG)

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.522
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative C820.442

Date learned: 00001954-00001958

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ANIMAL RHYME

THE ELEPHANT IS A PRETTY BIRD,
IT FLITS FROM BOUGH TO BOUGH.
IT BUILDS ITS NEST IN A RHUBARB TREE
AND WHISTLES LIKE A COW.

Where learned: ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

Keyword(s): HUMOR ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative C820.442

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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THE ECHIDNA

THE MALE ECHIDNA WITH ITS MATE
SURVIVES THE MOST PRECARIOUS STATE;
HE ROLLS HER, HAIR AND SPINES AND ALL
INTO AN EENZY-WEENZY BALL--
AND BURIES HER; AND IN THIS WAY
PROVIDES AGAINST A RAINY DAY.
BUT, LIKE AS NOT, THIS SAME ECHIDNA
FORGETS JUST IF, OR WHERE, HE'S HID NA.

Where learned: AUSTRALIA ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA

Keyword(s): HUMOR ; MONOLOGUE ; PRONUNCIATION ; RHYME: AABB ; SLANG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative C820.442

Date learned: CA10001968

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THE KOALA

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THE NATIVE BEAR IS SMALL OF STATURE
AND SPECIALLY ENDOWED BY NATURE
WITH MEANS EXCLUSIVELY EQQUIPPED ( EQUIPPED )
TO LIVE ON LEAVES OF EUCALYPT.
IT'S ( ITS ) VISCERA, THOUGH, DOUBTLESS CLEAN,
MUST NEEDS BE VERY, VERY GREEN.
AND THEREFORE WE REVEAL THIS FACT
(TOLD SOTTO VOCE AND WITH TACT)
IT'S UPHILL WORK TO GET KOALA
STAINS OFF CARPETS IN YOUR PARLOUR.

Where learned: AUSTRALIA ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; HUMOR ; IMPERFECT RHYME ; MONOLOGUE ; PRONUNCIATION ; RHYME: AABB ; SCATOLOGICAL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative C820.442

Date learned: CA10001968

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THE KANGAROO

THE VERY BEST AUSTRALIAN STEW
ALWAYS INCLUDES A KANGAROO.
SO IF ONE HAPPENS TO BE SHOT,
JUST TRY IT WHEN YOU MAKE A POT.
LEST YOU BECOME A LAUGHING-STOCK IT
MAY BE AS WELL TO SEARCH ITS POCKET
FOR ODDS AND ENDS THAT IT MAY HOLD;-
LIKE LOZENGES (AGAINST A COLD)-
OR RUBBER BANDS OR BITS OF STRING-
OR BOTTLE TOPS OR ANYTHING
THAT FILLED THE WRETCHED CREATURE'S NEEDS
FROM ROLLS OF BRAID TO COLOURED BEADS.
SUCH ADJUNCTS (AS THE GOURMET HAS IT)
POSSESS NO CULINARY ASSET.

Where learned: AUSTRALIA ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative C820.442

Date learned: 00001968 FALL

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THE PLATYPUS

HOW GENTLE IS THE PLATYPUS,
IT NEITHER GROWLS NOR MAKES A FUSS,
BUT LIES IN ITS PRIMEVAL OOZE
AND HOLDS THE MOST PACIFIC VIEWS;
A LOVING CREATURE, LOVED BY ALL,
IT HAS NEVER BEEN KNOWN TO BRAWL;
WHICH MAY, OR MAY NOT, BE THE ROISON
FOR ITS TWO GLANDS OF DEADLY POISON.

Where learned: AUSTRALIA ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative C820.442

Date learned: 00001968 FALL

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