The Little Elf-Man

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The Little Elf-Man :


I met a little Elf-man once

Down where the lilies blow.

I asked him why he was so small,

And, why he didn't grow.


He slightly frowned, and with his eye

He looked me through and through.

'I'm just as big for me,' said he,

'As you are big for you!'



By J. K. Bangs



Words to Know :

Elf : an imaginary dwarf (plural : elves)

Frown : to crease your forehead when you are puzzled

Lilies : a kind of flower (singular : lily)

Through and through : all over, completely












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