Little Willie had a mirror,
And he licked the back all off,
Vainly thinking, in his terror,
It would cure the whooping-cough.
At the fun’ral said his mother
To her neighbor, Mrs. Brown,
“‘Twas a chilly day for Willie
When the mercury went down.”
An obvious rewrite of one of the earliest “Little Willies” published as early as 1895.
Willie, dressed in best of sashes,
Got in the grate and burnt to ashes;
Pretty soon the room grew chilly,
But no one liked to poke up Willie.
This is an obvious rewrite of Harry Graham’s ruthless rhyme “Tender Heartedness” published in 1901.