THE CAT'S APOLOGY.
You must not scratch, dear pussycat,
Nor use your long, sharp claws like that;
Give me a nice soft paw to pat!
Dear child, that will I gladly do;
But let me say a word or two.
Who hurts and teases first? Don't
Suppose a child may now and then
Give to a cat a little pain,
May not a poor cat scratch again?
And though a blood-drop stain the
Yet neither meant the other harm;
Then let us be good friends and warm.