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THE BEAVER'S LESSON.

Then a scream, shrill and high, rent the shuddering sky,

 And they knew that some danger was near:

The Beaver turned pale to the tip of its tail,

 And even the Butcher felt queer.


He thought of his childhood, left far far behind—

 That blissful and innocent state—

The sound so exactly recalled to his mind

 A pencil that squeaks on a slate!


"'Tis the voice of the Jubjub!" he suddenly cried.

 (This man, that they used to call "Dunce.")

"As the Bellman would tell you," he added with pride,

 "I have uttered that sentiment once.