A Snake Yarn

"You talk of snakes," said Jack the Rat,
  "But blow me, one hot summer,
I seen a thing that knocked me flat -
Fourteen foot long or more than that,
  It was a reg'lar hummer!
Lay right along a sort of bog,
  Just like a log!

"The ugly thing was lyin' there
  And not a sign o' movin',
Give any man a nasty scare;
Seen nothin' like it anywhere
  Since I first started drovin'.
And yet it didn't scare my dog.
  Looked like a log!

"I had to cross that bog, yer see,
  And bluey I was humpin';
But wonderin' what that thing could be
A-lyin' there in front o' me
  I didn't feel like jumpin'.
Yet, though I shivered like a frog,
  It seemed a log!

"I takes a leap and lands right on
  The back of that there whopper!"
He stopped. We waited. Then Big Mac
Remarked: "Well, then, what happened, Jack?"
  "Not much," said Jack, and drained his grog.
  "It was a log!"

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