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THE CIRCUS

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This little volume was written for no reason on earth and with no earthly reason. It

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just simply happened, on the principle, 1 suppose that "murder will out." Murder is a

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bad thing and so are nonsense rhymes. There is often a valid excuse for murder;

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there is none for nonsense rhymes. They seem to be a necessary evil to be classed

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with smallpox, chicken-pox, yellow fever and other irruptive diseases. They are also

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on the order of the boomerang and eventually rebound and inflict much suffering on

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the unlucky verse-slinger. So you see nonsense, like a little learning is a dangerous

thing and should be handled with as much care as the shotgun which is never known to be loaded.

The following LibriVox volunteers bring you 19 recordings of The Circus: ambsweet13, andybeddy, Bruce Kachuk, Batty Royale, Craig Franklin, ChadH94, Chris Pyle, David Lawrence, Edmond Aggabao, EliseDee, mammutty. Garth Burton, Garfield Dsouza, Graham Scott, Lee Ann Hewlett, Princess Nwafor, Phil Schempf,

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Larry Wilson, and Ryan Fink.

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Cover image: “Five male trapeze artists performing at a circus” by Calvert Lithography Company, 1890. Cover designed by Availle. This design is in the public domain.