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PIG AND PEPPER


“Speak roughly to your little boy,
     And beat him when he sneezes:
 He only does it to annoy,
     Because he knows it teases.”

Chorus.
(In which the cook and the baby joined):—
“Wow! wow! wow!”

While the Duchess sang the second verse of the song, she kept tossing the baby violently up and down, and the poor little thing howled so, that Alice could hardly hear the words:—

“I speak severely to my boy,
     I beat him when he sneezes;
 For he can thoroughly enjoy
     The pepper when he pleases!”

Chorus.
“Wow! wow! wow!”

“Here! you may nurse it a bit, if you like!” the Duchess said to Alice, flinging the baby at her as she spoke. “I must go and get ready to play croquet with the Queen,” and she hurried out of the room. The cook threw a frying-pan after her as she went out, but it just missed her.

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