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There was a little guinea pig,
Who being little was not big;
He always walked upon his feet,
And never fasted when he ate.


When from a place he ran away,
He never at that place did stay;
And while he ran, as I am told,
He ne'er stood still for young or old.


He often squeak'd, and sometimes violent,
And when he squeak'd he ne'er was silent;
Though ne'er instructed by a cat,
He knew a mouse was not a rat.


One day, as I am certified,
He took a whim and fairly died,
And, as I'm told by men of sense,
He never has been living since.