Mare, Walter de la

British, (1873-1956)

The Pigs and the Charcoal-burner

  1. The old Pig said to the little pigs,
  2. “In the forest is truffles and mast,
  3. Follow me then, all ye little pigs,
  4. Follow me fast!”
  5.  
  6. The Charcoal-burner sat in the shade
  7. With his chin on his thumb,
  8. And saw the big Pig and the little pigs
  9. Chuffling come.
  10.  
  11. He watched ‘neath a green and giant bough,
  12. And the pigs in the ground
  13. Made a wonderful grizzling and gruzzling
  14. And greedy sound.
  15.  
  16. And when, full-fed they were gone, and Night
  17. Walked her starry ways,
  18. He stared with his cheeks in his hands
  19. At his sullen blaze.

Peacock Pie, a Book of Rhymes. First published in 1916.

About the Poet

Sir Walter John de la Mare (1873-1956), British writer, poet, critic and editor. He wrote his early fiction under the pseudonym of Walter Ramal. [DES-6/03]

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