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But the ox would not.

She went a little farther, and she met a butcher. So she said —

“Butcher, butcher, kill ox!

Ox won't drink water;
Water won't quench fire;
Fire won't burn stick;
Stick won't beat dog;
Dog won't bite pig;
Pig won't get over the stile,
And I shan't

get

home to-night.”

But the butcher would not.

She went a little farther, and she met a rope. So she said

Rope, rope, hang butcher !
Butcher won't kill ox;
Ox won't drink water;
Water won't quench fire;
Fire won't burn stick;
Stick won't beat dog ;
Dog won't bite pig;
Pig won't get over the stile,
And I shan't get home to-night.”

But the rope would not.

She went a little farther, and she met a rat. she said

So

“Rat, rat, gnaw rope !

Rope won't hang butcher;
Butcher won't kill ox;
Ox won't drink water;
Water won't quench fire;
Fire won't burn stick;
Stick won't beat dog ;
Dog won't bite pig;
Pig won't get over the stile,
And I shan't get home to-night.”

But the rat would not.

She went a little farther, and she met a cat. she said

So

“ Cat, cat, kill rat;

Rat won't gnaw rope ;
Rope won't hang butcher;
Butcher won't kill ox;
Ox won't drink water;
Water won't quench fire;

Fire won't burn stick;
Stick won't beat dog ;
Dog won't bite pig;
Pig won't get over the stile,
And I shan't get home to-night.”

The cat said, “ If you will give me a saucer of milk, I will kill the rat."

So the old woman gave the cat the milk, and when she had lapped up the milk

The cat began to kill the rat;
The rat began to gnaw the rope ;
The rope began to hang the butcher ;
The butcher began to kill the ox;
The ox began to drink the water;
The water began to quench the fire;
The fire began to burn the stick;
The stick began to beat the dog ;
The dog began to bite the pig;
The pig jumped over the stile,
And so the old woman got home that night.

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