Merry Stories and Funny Pictures

Heinrich Hoffmann 1809 (Frankfurt,) – 1894 (Frankfurt,)



When the children have been good,
That is, be it understood,
Good at meal-times, good at play,
Good all night and good all day--
They shall have the pretty things
Merry Christmas always brings.
  
Naughty, romping girls and boys
Tear their clothes and make a noise,
Spoil their pinafores and frocks,
And deserve no Christmas-box.
Such as these shall never look
At this pretty Picture-book.
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Submitted on August 03, 2020

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Scheme AABBCC DDEEFF
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 378
Words 66
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 6, 6

Heinrich Hoffmann

Heinrich Hoffmann was a German psychiatrist, who also wrote some short works including Der Struwwelpeter, an illustrated book portraying children misbehaving. more…

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