As in her ancient mistress’ lap The youthful tabby lay, They gave each other many a tap, Alike disposed to play. But strife ensues. Puss waxes warm, And with protruded claws Ploughs all the length of Lydia’s arm, Mere wantonness the cause. At once, resentful of the deed, She shakes her to the ground With many a threat that she shall bleed With still a deeper wound. But, Lydia, bid thy fury rest: It was a venial stroke: For she that will with kittens jest Should bear a kitten’s joke.
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