A SAD CASE.
Matilda Belinda Lucinda MacGovern
Was very untidy – you might say, a sloven!
She always objected to dusting and cleaning;
Towards brushes and brooms she had no sort of leaning.
In fact it was said that the sight of a duster,
Upstairs or downstairs, would simply disgust her;
And a broom to the room of this sad Miss. MacGovern
Was as strange as a spider’s web in a hot oven.
Matilda Belinda Lucinda MacGovern,
Oh! what could have taught her to be such a sloven?
The birds or the bees? – show us anything neater!
The daisies? – Ah! What could be nicer and sweeter?
Little Bo-Peep And Other Good Stories.
Henry Altemus Company: Philadelphia. 1905.