The Duck and the Kangaroo

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Duck and Kangeroo Edward Lear Natasha's reading of The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear is an old favourite on Storynory. And this verse, about an equally unlikely match - a Duck and a Kangaroo - is the follow-up.

If a duck married a kangaroo, their children might be duck-billed platypuses. Well there's a thought that might or might not have occurred to Edward Lear when he published his Nonsense Songs, Stories Botany and Alphabets, in 1871. Like the owl and the pussycat, the two go off traveling together, though Lear doesn't say whether or not these two get married.

Pictures by Lear and slightly later ones by William Foster can be viewed here or as a slide show here.
Read by Natasha. Duration 4.12



Said the Duck to the Kangaroo,
"Good gracious! how you hop Over the fields, and the water too,
As if you never would stop! My life is a bore in this nasty pond;
And I long to go out in the world beyond:
I wish I could hop like you," Said the Duck to the Kangaroo.


"Please give me a ride on your back,"
Said the Duck to the Kangaroo: "I would sit quite still, and say nothing but 'Quack'
The whole of the long day through; And we 'd go the Dee, and the Jelly Bo Lee,
Over the land, and over the sea:
Please take me a ride! oh, do!" Said the Duck to the Kangaroo.
The Duck and the Kangaroo


Said the Kangaroo to the Duck,
"This requires some little reflection. Perhaps, on the whole, it might bring me luck;
And there seems but one objection; Which is, if you'll let me speak so bold,
Your feet are unpleasantly wet and cold,
And would probably give me the roo- Matiz," said the Kangaroo.


Said the Duck, "As I sate on the rocks,
I have thought over that completely; And I bought four pairs of worsted socks,
Which fit my web-feet neatly; And, to keep out the cold, I've bought a cloak;
And every day a cigar I'll smoke;
All to follow my own dear true Love of a Kangaroo."


Said the Kangaroo, "I'm ready,
All in the moonlight pale; But to balance me well, dear Duck, sit steady,
And quite at the end of my tail."
The Duck and the Kangaroo

So away they went with a hop and a bound;
And they hopped the whole world three times round.
And who so happy, oh! who, As the Duck and the Kangaroo?
The Duck and the Kangaroo