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THE  CIRCUS 

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This  little  volume  was  written  for  no  reason  on  earth  and  with  no  earthly  reason.  It 

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just  simply  happened,  on  the  principle,  1  suppose  that  "murder  will  out."  Murder  is  a 

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bad  thing  and  so  are  nonsense  rhymes.  There  is  often  a  valid  excuse  for  murder; 

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there  is  none  for  nonsense  rhymes.  They  seem  to  be  a  necessary  evil  to  be  classed 

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with  smallpox,  chicken-pox,  yellow  fever  and  other  irruptive  diseases.  They  are  also 

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on  the  order  of  the  boomerang  and  eventually  rebound  and  inflict  much  suffering  on 

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the  unlucky  verse-slinger.  So  you  see  nonsense,  like  a  little  learning  is  a  dangerous 

thing  and  should  be  handled  with  as  much  care  as  the  shotgun  which  is  never 
known  to  be  loaded. 

The  following  LibriVox  volunteers  bring  you  19  recordings  of  The  Circus: 
ambsweet13,  andybeddy,  Bruce  Kachuk,  Batty  Royale,  Craig  Franklin,  ChadH94, 
Chris  Pyle,  David  Lawrence,  Edmond  Aggabao,  EliseDee,  mammutty.  Garth  Burton, 
Garfield  Dsouza,  Graham  Scott,  Lee  Ann  Hewlett,  Princess  Nwafor,  Phil  Schempf, 

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Larry  Wilson,  and  Ryan  Fink. 

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This  was  the  Weekly  Poetry  project  for  June  14,  2020. 

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Cover  image:  “Five  male  trapeze  artists  performing  at  a  circus”  by  Calvert  Lithography  Company,  1890. 
Cover  designed  by  Availle.  This  design  is  in  the  public  domain.