THE KING OF CANDYLAND

Have you heard of the king of Candy land?
    Well, listen while I sing,
He has pages on every hand,
    For he is a mighty king,
And thousands of children bend the knee,
And bow to this ruler of high degree.

He has a smile, oh! like the sun!
    And his face is round and bland,
His bright eyes twinkle and glow with fun,
    As the children kiss his hand.
And everything toothsome, melting, sweet,
He scatters freely before their feet.

But wo! for the children who follow him,
    With loving praises and laughter,
For he is a monster ugly and grim
    That they go running after.
And when they get well into the chase
He lifts his masque and shows his face.

And ah! but that is a gruesome sight
    For the followers of the king.
The cheeks grow pale that once were bright,
    And they sob instead of sing.
And their teeth drop out and their eyes grow red,
And they cannot sleep when they go to bed.

And after they see the monster's face,
    They have no peaceful hour.
And they have aches in every place,
    And what was sweet seems sour.
Oh wo! for that sorrowful foolish band
Who follow the king of Candy land.

The Beautiful Land of Nod by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Chicago: Morrill, Higgins & Co. [1892]


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