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  The Caged Bird's Song  

 

                    Merrily!
                    Merrily!
         Tschee! tschee! tschee!
What can the meaning of these things be?
Tiniest buds and leaflets green--
Who shall tell me what these things mean?
                    Merrily!
                    Merrily!
         Tschee! tschee! tschee!
Much I guess they were meant for me!

                    Tsu-ert!
                    Tsu-ert!
         Tschee! tschee! tschee!
So I shall eat them up you see
Somebody, somewhere, is kindly stirred
To think of me, a poor, brown bird!--
                    Merrily!
                    Merrily!
         Tschee! tschee! tschee!
Somebody, somewhere, thinks of me!

                    Tsu-ert!
                    Tsu-ert!
         Tschee! tschee! tschee!
"A gentle lady?"--and can it be?--
Say it again, 'tis a pleasant word,
Thinking of me, your poor, brown bird!--
                    Merrily!
                    Merrily!
         Tschee! tschee! tschee!
Bless the lady that thinks of me

                    Tsu-ert!
                    Tsu-ert!
         Tschee: tschee! tschee!
So I shall eat them up, you see!
Hi, a nip here! and ho, a nip there!
Bless me, mistress, how sweet they are!
                    Merrily!
                    Merrily!
         Tschee! tschee! tschee!
Bless the lady who thinks of me!

                    Tsu-ert!
                    Tsu-ert!
         Tschee! tschee! tschee!
Merrily, merrily, let it be!--
Hi, a nip here! and ho, a nip there!
Over, under, everywhere!
                    Merrily!
                    Merrily!
         Tschee! tschee! tschee!
Somebody, somewhere, thinks of me!

       - Mrs. J. C. Yule


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