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The Owl and the Pussycat

By Edward Lear

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea 
   In a beautiful pea-green boat, 
They took some honey, and plenty of money, 
   Wrapped up in a five-pound note. 
The Owl looked up to the stars above, 
   And sang to a small guitar, 
“O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love, 
    What a beautiful Pussy you are, 
         You are, 
         You are! 
What a beautiful Pussy you are!” 

Pussy said to the Owl, “You elegant fowl! 
   How charmingly sweet you sing! 
O let us be married! too long we have tarried: 
   But what shall we do for a ring?” 
They sailed away, for a year and a day, 
   To the land where the Bong-Tree grows 
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood 
   With a ring at the end of his nose, 
             His nose, 
             His nose, 
   With a ring at the end of his nose. 

“Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling 
   Your ring?” Said the Piggy, “I will.” 
So they took it away, and were married next day 
   By the Turkey who lives on the hill. 
They dined on mince, and slices of quince, 
   Which they ate with a runcible spoon;  
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, 
   They danced by the light of the moon, 
             The moon, 
             The moon, 
They danced by the light of the moon.

Source: The Poetry Foundation

A charming love story about a beautiful pussycat and her elegant fowl that ends in purrrfection! This classic poem by Edward Lear is so adorable! I love the coupling of quaint vocabulary, “pea-green boat” and “runcible spoon” and silly-sounding words, “Bong-Tree” and “Piggy-wig”.

We are also cat lovers! We have two cats named Misty and Mochi. When we turn to the page featuring The Owl and the Pussycat in our copy of A Child’s Book of Poetry, Jammy squeals at the delightful illustration of a round-faced, dark fuzzy cat while I recite the poem.