Sandy Godolphin sat up on the hill,
And up on the hill sat he;
And the only remark he was known to make,
Was “Fiddledy diddledy dee!”
He made it first in the high Hebrew,
And then in the Dutch so low,
In Turkish and Russian and Persian and Prussian,
And rather more tongues than I know.
He made this remark until it was dark,
And he could no longer see;
Then he lighted his lamp, because it was damp,
And gave him the neuralgeë.
Sandy Godolphin came down from the hill,
And moaned in a dark despair:
“I’ve finished,” said he, “with my fiddledy dee,
For nobody seems to care.”
My little clock, my little clock,
He lives upon the shelf;
He stands on four round golden feet,
And so supports himself.
His face is very white and clean,
His hands are very black;
He has no soap to wash them with,
And suffers from the lack.
He holds them up, his grimy hands,
And points at me all day;
“Make haste, make haste, the moments waste!”
He always seems to say.
“Tick tock! tick tock! I am a clock;
I’m always up to time.
Ding dong! ding dong! the whole day long
My silver warnings chime.
“Tick tock! tick tock! ’tis nine o’clock,
And time to go to school;
Don’t loiter ‘mid the buttercups,
Or by the wayside pool.
“Ding dong! tick tock! ’tis two o’clock.
The dinner’s getting cold;
You’d better hurry down, you child,
Or your mamma will scold.
“Tick tock! tick tock! ’tis six o’clock.
You’ve had the afternoon
To play and romp, so now come in;
Your tea’ll be ready soon.
“Tick tock! tick tock! ’tis nine o’clock.
To bed, to bed, my dear!
Sleep sound, until I waken you,
When day is shining clear.”
So through the night and through the day,
My busy little clock,
He talks and talks and talks away,
With ceaseless “tick” and “tock.”
But warning others on his shelf,
All earnest as he stands,
He never thinks to warn himself;
He’ll never wash his hands.
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- Sick-Room Fancies
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