A Sudden Sally

"I come from haunts of coot and hern—"
Of course you've seen the line before.
Lord Tennyson? He bid us learn
The words: "The Brook" it's called. I'm sure,

Of course, you've seen the line before:
Young Molesworth, reading, rather slurred
The words: "'The Brook' it's called, I'm sure—"
But that, I say again, you've heard.

Young Molesworth, reading rather slurred,
Forgetting— what was just now said?
But that, I say again, you've heard.
(The same words that you lately read.)

Forgetting what was just now said,
Lord Tennyson, he bid us learn
The same. Words that you lately read:
"I come from haunts of coot and hern."