Slovenly Peter

By Heinrich Hoffmann

Slovenly Peter standing with diry hair and hands

See Slovenly Peter! Here he stands,

With his dirty hair and hands.

See! his nails are never cut;

They are grim’d as black as soot;

No water for many weeks,

Has been near his cheeks;

And the sloven, I declare,

Not once this year has combed his hair!

Anything to me is sweeter

Than to see shock-headed Peter.

From Slovenly Peter: or, Cheerful Stories and Funny Pictures for Good Little Folks,
Heinrich Hoffmann, Philadelphia, The John C. Winston Company, 1900.

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