nine ferrets in a bottle

Paul Andinach pandinac at
Thu Sep 23 09:59:41 EDT 2004

On Wed, 22 Sep 2004, Otter Perry wrote:

> One of the great discoveries of my life was the tune to which the
> following may be sung:
> The common cormorant, or shag,
> Lays eggs inside a paper bag.
> The reason you will see, no doubt;
> It is to keep the lightning out.
> But what these unobservant birds
> Have never noticed is that herds
> Of wandering bears may come with buns
> And steal the bags to hold the crumbs.
> The tune is 'Greensleeves'.

Not unless what you mean by 'Greensleeves' is quite different from
what I mean by 'Greensleeves'. (Or you go twice through the verse
without going to the refrain, I suppose.)

"Hold fast to the one noble thing."

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