As in her ancient mistress’ lap
The youthful tabby lay,
They gave each other many a tap,
Alike disposed to play.
But strife ensues. Puss waxes warm,
And with protruded claws
Ploughs all the length of Lydia’s arm,
Mere wantonness the cause.
At once, resentful of the deed,
She shakes her to the ground
With many a threat that she shall bleed
With still a deeper wound.
But, Lydia, bid thy fury rest:
It was a venial stroke:
For she that will with kittens jest
Should bear a kitten’s joke.
More verses by William Cowper
- Olney Hymn 27: Welcome To The Table
- Lively Hope And Gracious Fear
- Epigram : On The Inventor Of Gunpowder (Translated From Milton)
- Olney Hymn 1: Walking With God
- Jehovah-Rophi. I Am The Lord That Healeth Thee