208 At the Back of the North Wind
" 1 '11 get up at once, and go home without you. I think I will; I begin to doubt you."
He rose; and up rose the snake on its tail, And hissed three times, half a hiss, half a wail.
Little Boy Blue he tried to go past him;
But wherever he turned, sat the snake and faced him.
"If ycu don't get out of my way," he said, " I tell you, snake, I will break your head."
The snake he neither would go nor come;
So he hit him hard with the stick of his drum.
The snake fell down as if he were dead, And Little Boy Blue set his foot on his head.
And all the creatures they marched before him, And marshalled him home with a high cockolorum.
And Birdie Brown sang Twirrrr twitter twirrrr tweeŚ Apples and cherries, roses and honey;
Little Boy Blue has listened to meŚ All so jolly and funny.