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and the Bletherwitch


Now came the third and last verse:—

His prophesies got all mixed and mulled,
The Moon began to blink;
And all his faculties were dulled
When he saw the Dog Star wink!
And up on the steeple tall and black
The Weather Cock he crew!
He crew and he crowed till he fell in the road,
O cock-a-doodle-doo!

And sure enough the Weather Cock did tumble into the road, and the Clerk of the Weather and the Zankiwank tumbled helter skelter after him. Immediately they got up again and rushed through the window, and catching hold of the children, they whirled them round and round, singing the final chorus all together:—

   O cock-a-doodle-doo!
    The weather will be fine—
   If lightning does not flash on high,
   Nor gloomy be the azure sky,
    And the sun peeps out to shine.