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THE SWANS
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HO! pretty swans,
   Do you know, in our Zoo'
The swans of old England
   Are just like you?"

"Don't tell me!"
   Said a cross old bird;
"I know better,
   The thing's quite absurd

"Their figures, I'm sure,
   Are not worth a glance:
If you want to see style,
   You must come to France."

With a scornful whisk
   The swan turned tail,
Spread its wings to the breeze
   And was off full-sail.

"Ho! pretty swan,
   Do you know, in our Zoo'
The swans are not half
   So conceited as you?"