Quotation by Robert Browning

Rats!
They fought the dogs and killed the cats,
And bit the babies in the cradles,
And ate the cheeses out of the vats,
And licked the soup from the cooks' own ladles,
Split open the kegs of salted sprats,
Made nests inside men's Sunday hats,
And even spoiled the women's chats
By drowning their speaking
With shrieking and squeaking
In fifty different sharps and flats.
Robert Browning (1812–1889), British poet. The Pied Piper of Hamelin, st. 2, Dramatic Lyrics (1842).
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