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Mrs. Jaypher


to be read "sententiously and with grave importance"

Mrs. Jaypher found a wafer
Which she struck upon a note;
This she took and gave the cook.
Then she went and bought a boat
Which she paddled down the stream
Shouting, "Ice produces cream,
Beer when churned produces butter!
Henceforth all the words I utter
Distant ages thus shall note--
'From the Jaypher Wisdom-Boat.'"

Mrs Jaypher said it's safer
If you've lemons in your head
First to eat a pound of meat
And then to go at once to bed.

[from The Complete Nonsense Book,
edited by Lady Strachey, 1912, p. 51.
Etext prepared by Doug Love.]

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