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And there she sat for tour long weeks,

In rainy days and fine,

Until the ducklings all came out—

Four, five, six, seven, eight, nine.

One peeped out from beneath her wing,

One scrambled on her back:

"That's very rude," said old Dame Duck,

"Get off! quack, quack, quack, quack!"

"'Tis close," said Dame Duck, shoving out

The egg shells with her bill,

"Besides, it never suits young ducks

To keep them sitting still."

So, rising from her nest, she said,

"Now, children, look at me:

A well-bred duck should waddle so,

From side to side—d'ye see?"