To Her
Written by A.A.Milne to his Wife


Sing Ho! for the life of a Bear!
Sing Ho! for the life of a Bear!
I don't much mind if it rains or snows,
'Cos I've got a lot of honey on my nice new nose!
I don't much care if it snows or thaws,
'Cos I've got a lot of honey on my nice clean paws!
Sing Ho! for a Bear!
Sing Ho! for a Pooh!
And I'll have a little something in an hour or two!

THE EXPOTITION

T
hey all went off to discover the Pole,
Owl and Piglet and Rabbit and all;
It's a thing you Discover, as I've been tole,
by Owl and Piglet and Rabbit and all.
Eeyore, Christopher Robin and Pooh
And Rabbit's relations all went too -
And where the Pole was none of them knew. . . .
Sing Hey! for Owl and Rabbit and all.


ANXIOUS POOH SONG

3 Cheers for Pooh!
(
For who?)
For Pooh -
(
Why what did he do?)
I thought you knew;
He saved his friend from a wetting!
3 Cheers for Bear!
(
For where?)
For Bear -
He couldn't swim,
But he rescued him!
(
He rescued who?)
Oh, listen, do!
I am talking of Pooh -
(
Of who?)
Of Pooh!
(
I'm sorry I keep forgetting).
Well, Pooh was a Bear of Enormous Brain -
(
Just say it again!)
Of enormous brain -
(
Of enormous what?)
Well, he ate a lot,
And I don't know if he could swim or not,
But he managed to float
On a sort of boat
(
On a sort of what?)
Well, sort of pot -
So now let's give him three hearty cheers
(
So now let's give him three hearty whiches!)
And hope he'll be there for years and years,
And grow in health and wisdom and riches!
3 Cheers for Pooh!
(
For who?)
For Pooh -
3 Cheers for Bear!
(
For where?)
For Bear -
3 Cheers for the wonderful Winnie-the-Pooh!

(Just tell me, somebody - WHAT DID HE DO?)

DEDICATION

You gave me Christopher Robin, and then
You breathed life in Pooh.
Whatever of each is left my pen
Goes homing back to you.
My book is ready, and comes to greet
The mother it longs to see ---
It would be my present to you, my sweet,
If it weren't a gift to me.


TO HER

Hand in hand we come
Christopher Robin and I
To lay this book in your lap.
Say you're surprised?
Say you like it?
Say it's just what you wanted?
Because it's yours ---
Because we love you.
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