Selected American and British Poems


“The City Mouse and the Garden Mouse”

by Christina Rossetti
Additional Information
  • Year Published: 0
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: England
  • Source: Walter Barnes, ed., Types of Children’s Literature: A Collection of the World’s Best Literature for Children, For Use in Colleges, Normal Schools and Library Schools
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 2.0
  • Word Count: 67
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Keywords: difference and indifference
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The city mouse lives in a house;—
   The garden mouse lives in a bower,
He’s friendly with the frogs and toads,
   And sees the pretty plants in flower.
The city mouse eats bread and cheese;—
   The garden mouse eats what he can;
We will not grudge him seeds and stalks,
   Poor little timid furry man.