Jane was a stout and stalwart child,


Jane was a stout and stalwart child

Her voice was very far from mild:

Although requested not to shout

She bawled, she screamed, day in, day out.

Had she once learned her mouth to shut

She might have lived far longer; but

The tragedy I now relate

Befell her at the age of eight.


Each year her parents went with glee

To spend a week beside the sea,

And knowing, as good parents do,

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