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THE BEAVER'S LESSON.

"'Tis the note of the Jubjub! Keep count, I entreat;

 You will find I have told it you twice.

'Tis the song of the Jubjub! The proof is complete,

 If only I've stated it thrice."


The Beaver had counted with scrupulous care,

 Attending to every word:

But it fairly lost heart, and outgrabe in despair,

 When the third repetition occurred.


It felt that, in spite of all possible pains,

 It had somehow contrived to lose count,