Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment
CCEA Curriculum Monitoring Programme 2018-19

Wagtail and Baby

Hardy

A baby watched a ford, whereto
           A wagtail came for drinking;
A blaring bull went wading through,
          The wagtail showed no shrinking.

A stallion splashed his way across,
          The birdie nearly sinking;
He gave his plumes a twitch and toss,
           And held his own unblinking.

Next saw the baby round the spot
           A mongrel slowly slinking;
The wagtail gazed, but faltered not
           In dip and sip and prinking.

A perfect gentleman then neared;
          The wagtail, in a winking,
With terror rose and disappeared;
           The baby fell a-thinking.

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