Miss T

Walter De La Mare

Miss T

It's a very odd thing--
As odd as can be--
That watever Miss T eats
Turns into Miss T!
Porridge and apples,
Mince, muffins and mutton,
Jam, junket, jumbles--
Not a rap, not a button
It matters. The moment
They're out of her plate,
Plate with Muffins
Though shared by Miss Butcher
And sour Mr. Bate;
Tiny and cheerful,
And neat as can be,
Whatever Miss T eats
Turns into Miss T!

Miss T

mince: finely chopped food, especially mincemeat
mutton: meat from a sheep
junket: pudding made from flavored milk and rennet (rennet: a substance that curdles milk in making cheese and junket)
jumbles: originally a kind of twisted pastry... more recently a type of sugar cookie ("Two cups of butter, two of sugar, three eggs, as much flour as will make it thin, and any good spice you like.")

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