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THE

KNIFE-GRINDER

OF CAEN.

L'HOMME qui passe," in France they call
    The man who thrives
    By grinding knives—
Who never stays at home at all,

But always must be moving on.
    He 's glad to find
    Some knives to grind,
But when they're finished he'll be gone.

With dog behind to turn the wheel,
    He grinds the knife
    For farmer's wife,
And pauses now the edge to feel :

The dog behind him hears the sound
    Of cheerful chat
    On this and that,
And fears no knife is being ground.

The man makes jokes with careless smile,
    He doesn't mind
    The dog behind,
But goes on talking all the while.