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The Froggy and the Snake

or One Swallowed Alive Does Not a Summer Make The garden snake possesses such a charm, His tiny teeth all even, clean and white Sans any fang to do you minor harm Or do you in with yet a major bite; And when a froggy greets him with "Hello!"-- Our snake within the grass here nicely smiles While innocently hissing soft and low, "Ah, greetingsss!" which he ever sweetly styles; As slowly slithering, he circles in, Without a soupçon or a pinch of guile Or lick of malice in his winsome grin-- Though just behind it lies a something vile; For seeming Nature dressed on stage a flower A serpent cloaks beneath to all devour. January 6, 2022 Sonnet (English) (Shakespearean)

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