The Microbe

Original Text: 
The Bad Child's Book of Beasts (London: Duckworth, [1896]): 47-48. Internet Archive AVQ-4330
1The Microbe is so very small
2You cannot make him out at all,
3But many sanguine people hope
4To see him through a microscope.
5His jointed tongue that lies beneath
6A hundred curious rows of teeth;
7His seven tufted tails with lots
8Of lovely pink and purple spots,
9On each of which a pattern stands,
10Composed of forty separate bands;
11His eyebrows of a tender green;
12All these have never yet been seen--
13But Scientists, who ought to know,
14Assure us that they must be so ...
15Oh! let us never, never doubt
16What nobody is sure about!
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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