To A Mouse

Robin quotes a line from the Robert Burns poem called To A Mouse[1]

To A Mouse is a poem by Robert Burns, written in the year 1785. Robin once quoted the poem.

The poem

  • Small, crafty, cowering, timorous little beast,
  • O, what a panic is in your little breast!
  • You need not start away so hasty
  • With argumentative chatter!
  • I would be loath to run and chase you,
  • With murdering plough-staff.

  • I'm truly sorry man's dominion
  • Has broken Nature's social union,
  • And justifies that ill opinion
  • Which makes thee startle
  • At me, thy poor, earth born companion
  • And fellow mortal!

  • I doubt not, sometimes, but you may steal;
  • What then? Poor little beast, you must live!
  • An odd ear in twenty-four sheaves
  • Is a small request;
  • I will get a blessing with what is left,
  • And never miss it.

  • Your small house, too, in ruin!
  • Its feeble walls the winds are scattering!
  • And nothing now, to build a new one,
  • Of coarse grass green!
  • And bleak December's winds coming,
  • Both bitter and keen!

  • You saw the fields laid bare and wasted,
  • And weary winter coming fast,
  • And cozy here, beneath the blast,
  • You thought to dwell,
  • Till crash! the cruel plough passed
  • Out through your cell.

  • That small bit heap of leaves and stubble,
  • Has cost you many a weary nibble!
  • Now you are turned out, for all your trouble,
  • Without house or holding,
  • To endure the winter's sleety dribble,
  • And hoar-frost cold.

  • But little Mouse, you are not alone,
  • In proving foresight may be vain:
  • The best laid schemes of mice and men
  • Go often awry,
  • And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
  • For promised joy!

  • Still you are blest, compared with me!
  • The present only touches you:
  • But oh! I backward cast my eye,
  • On prospects dreary!
  • And forward, though I cannot see,
  • I guess and fear!


Super Friends


  1. As seen in Professor Goodfellow's G.E.E.C.

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