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Henny-penny

( Originally Published Early 1900's )

ONE day Henny-penny was picking up corn in the cornyard when—whack !—something hit her upon the head. " Goodness gracious me!" said Henny-penny ; " the sky's a-going to fall ; I must go and tell the king."

So she went along, and she went along, and she went along, till she met Cocky-locky. "Where are you going, Henny-penny ?" said Cocky-locky. "Oh ! I'm going to tell the king the sky's a-falling," said Henny-penny. "May I come with you ?" said Cocky-locky. " Certainly," said Henny-penny. So Henny-penny and Cocky-locky went to tell the king the sky was falling.

They went along, and they went along, and they went along, till they met Ducky-daddies. " Where are you going to, Henny-penny and Cocky-locky ?" said Ducky-daddles. " Oh ! we're going to tell the king the sky's a-falling," said Henny-penny and Cocky-locky. " May I come with you ?" said Ducky-daddies. " Certainly," said Henny-penny and Cocky-locky. So Henny-penny, Cocky-locky and Ducky-daddies went to tell the king the sky was a-falling.

So they went along, and they went along, and they went along, till they met Goosey-poosey. Where are you going to, Henny-penny, Cocky locky and Ducky-daddles ?" said Goosey-poosey; " Oh ! we're going to tell the king the sky's a-falling," said Henny-penny and Cocky-locky and Ducky-daddles. " May I come with you ?" said Goosey-poosey. "Certainly," said Henny-penny, Cocky-locky and Ducky-daddles. So Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddies and Goosy-poosey went to tell the king the sky was a-falling.

So they went along, and they went along, and they went along, till they met Turkey-lurkey. " Where are you going, Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddles and Goosey-poosey?" said Turkeylurkey. " Oh ! we're going to tell the king the sky's a-falling," said Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddies and Goosey-poosey. " May I come with you, Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddles and Goosey-poosey ?" said Turkey-lurkey. " Oh, certainly, Turkey-lurkey," said Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddies, and Goosey-poosey. So Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddles, Goosey-poosey and Turkey-lurkey all went to tell the king the sky was a-falling.

So they went along, and they went along, and they went along, till they met Foxy-woxy, and Foxy-woxy said to Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddies, Goosey-poosey and Turkey lurkey : " Where are you going, Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddies, Goosey-poosey and Turkey-lurkey

And Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddies, Goosey-poosey and Turkey-lurkey said to Foxy. woxy : " We're going to tell the king the sky's a falling." " Oh 1 but this is not the way to the king Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddies, Gooseypoosey and Turkey-lurkey," said Foxy-waxy ; " i know the proper way ; shall I show it you ?" " Oh certainly, Foxy-woxy," said Henny-penny, Cockylocky, Ducky-daddles, Goosey-poosey ana. Turkey-Iurkey. So FIenny-penny, Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddies, Goosey-poosey, Turkey-lurkey and Foxywoxy all went to tell the king the sky was a-falling. So they went along, and they went along, and they went along, till they came to a narrow and dark hole. Now this was the door of Foxy-woxy's cave.

But Foxy-woxy said to Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddles, Goosey-poosey, and Turkey-lurkey: " This is the short way to the king's palace : you'll soon get there if you follow me. I will go first and you come after, Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddies, Goosey-poosey and Turkey-lurkey." "Why of course, certainly, without doubt, why not ?" said Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddies, Goosey poosey and Turkey-lurkey.

So Foxy-woxy went into his cave, and he didn't go very far, but turned round to wait for Hennypenny, Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddles, Goosey-poosey and Turkey-lurkey. So at last at first Turkey-lurkey went through the dark hole into the cave. He hadn't got far when " Hrumph," Foxy-woxy snapped off Turkey-lurkey's head and threw his body over his left shoulder. Then Goosey-poosey went in, and "Hrumph," off went her head and Goosey-poosey was thrown beside Turkey-lurkey. Then Ducky-daddies waddled down, and " Hrumph," snapped Foxy-woxy, and Ducky-daddles' head was off and Ducky-daddies was thrown alongside Turkey-lurkey and Goosey-poosey. Then Cocky-locky strutted down into the cave and he hadn't gone far when " Snap, Hrumph !" went Foxy-woxy and Cocky-locky was thrown alongside of Turkey-lurkey, Gooseypoosey and Duckey-daddles.

But Foxy-woxy had made two bites at Cockylocky, and when the first snap only hurt Cocky-locky, but didn't kill him, he called out to Henny-penny. But she turned tail and off she ran home, so she never told the king the sky was a-falling.



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