Joachim Ringelnatz

The Snuff Box

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A snuff box once was made
By King Frederick the Great,
Who carved it from a walnut log
Which made the box prideful agog.

A wood worm, smelling walnut chip,
came crawling at its fastest clip.
The snuff box spoke in tedious rhymes
About this Frederick and his times.

It praised Old Fritz' generosity,
Which heightened the worm's nervosity.
And drilling away said the maverick:
"I don't give a damn about Frederick!"

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