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“Good ox, drink water; water will not quench

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fire, fire will not burn stick, stick will not beat dog,

dog will not bite pig, pig will not get over the stile, and I shall not get home to-night.”

But the ox would no

So the old Dame turned round to the stile again, and then she saw a jolly butcher leaning on the stile; so she said to him,

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“Good butcher, kill ox; ox will not drink water,

water will not quench fire, fire will not burn stick, stick will not beat dog, dog will not bite pig, pig will not get over the stile, and I shall not get home to-night.”

But the butcher would not.

So the old Dame took a rope out of her pocket, and said,

Good rope, hang butcher ; butcher will not kill ox, ox will not drink water, water will not quench fire, fire will not burn stick, stick will not beat dog, dog will not bite pig, pig will not get over the stile, and I shall not get home to-night.”

But the

rope

would not.

So the old Dame was in despair ; but just then a large brown mouse ran across the meadow, and she said,

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“Good mouse, gnaw rope; rope will not hang

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