OF WHAT IS THE ALPHABET COMPOSED?, by Mattie Bell (from Robert Merry's Museum, July 1858, p. 15)
Of busy Bees, And sparkling Eyes, Of billowy Seas Ruled by the Wise. Of shady El-ms, And mourning Yews, And noisy Ohs, Which you must Ex-cuse. Of blooming Peas, A measuring Ell, And some so smart They the rest Ex-cel. Of singing Jays, And vexing Tease, Questioning "Why" And languid Ease Of fragrant Tea, And hairy Cue, With debtors who drawl out "I--Owe--You." And En-vy, who makes You grumble and fret, Together compose The Alphabet.