Little Red Riding Hood

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There was a lonely cabin
Within a dark, old wood,
And in it, with her mother
There lived Red Riding Hood.

She was good and loving
And beautiful as good,
With daily acts of kindness,
was Little Red Riding Hood.

Far off, in the forest,
There lived her grandmother;
And she was poor and needy,
And often sick and cold.

And once a week, her grandchild
Would walk the lonely wood,
And carry little bundles
Of wood and food.

One morning the mother said,
"Now you must visit
Grandmother today."

"And carry this little pot of butter
I've churned so nice and sweet;
And mind not stop and talk
With any one you meet!"

Then through the shady forest
The little maiden went;
And though her steps were quick,
The day was getting late,

When almost through her journey,
An old, gaunt Wolf she spied,
Who wagged his tail, and humbly
Came walking by her side;

And said, "my little maiden,
How very fair you are!
You really look quite handsome!
Where do you walk so far?"

Forgetful of her mother,
She stopped and told him where;
Then said the Wolf, so cunning,
"What is it that you carry?"

Forgetful of her mother,
She stood and told him what;
"It is butter, for my granny,
Packed nicely in this pot."

Then said the Wolf, "goodbye dear;
Perhaps we'll meet again!"
Then swiftly on he hastened,
Swiftly through dale and glen,

And running reached
The cabin grey and old;
The grandmother was absent--
He quickly dressed himself

In cap and night gown
Then quickly in to bed,
Closely upon the pillow
He laid his grizzly head.

Red Riding Hood soon arrived;
"O, granny, see here!
A little pot of butter!"
Where are you granny dear?

"Here," said the Wolf, mimicking,
Her grandmother's voice, so weak;
"I'm here, so sick my darling,
That I can scarcely speak!"

"Take off your clothes my darling,
Upon the bed come lie;
When you are here beside me
I'll be better by and by!"

Red Riding Hood obeyed her
And got upon the bed;
"O granny how altered
You are!" she quickly said

"O what GREAT EYES you have granny!
They never looked so before--"
"That's to see you the better my darling,
The larger, to see you more!"

"What a GREAT NOSE you have granny
It never looked so before!"
"That's to smell you better, my darling;
The larger to smell you more!"

"And what GREAT HANDS you have granny
They never looked so before!"
"That's to hold you tight my darling
And to hug you more and more!"

"What a GREAT MOUTH you have granny!
As large as your tin cup!"
"That's to open wide my beauty
And then to eat you up!"

Then he opened his great mouth wider
To eat her like a bird
But at that dreadful moment
A hunter's gun was heard

The Wolf fell dead and bleeding--
Then grandmother hastened in--
For she had seen the peril
The danger that had been!

Red Riding Hood wept sadly
And sorrowed more and more,
That she'd disobeyed her mother--
Which she never did before.

And she thought with fear & trembling
Of the death that came so near!
And she said the fright had taught her
To mind her mother dear.

Then listen, all you children,
And mind your mother's word!
For the great WOLF, men call EVIL
Is prowling round unheard!

 

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