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Collected Poems

The Most Unkindest Cut

page 172

The Most Unkindest Cut

On reading that protests have been made against the dissection of cats at a School of Biology.

Always be kind to pussy,
Never throw stones at her, boys;
Just give her some milk in a saucer;
Remember the rats she destroys.

Be gentle and kind to poor pussy;
Remember her tally of mice;
And let her sleep snug by the fire;
Don't hack her about — it's not nice.

And never take Puss to Biology,
She doesn't like lessons, you see:
If you do, I can't possibly tell you
How dreadfully cut up she'll be.