If This Little World To-Night


If This Little World To-Night is the prologue in Herford's whimsical collection, The Bashful Earthquake & Other Fables and Verses, published in 1898.
If This Little World To-Night
If this little world to-night
   Suddenly should fall thro' space
In a hissing, headlong flight,
   Shrivelling from off its face,
As it falls into the sun,
   In an instant every trace
Of the little crawling things--
   Ants, philosophers, and lice,
Cattle, cockroaches, and kings,
   Beggars, millionaires, and mice,
Men and maggots all as one
   As it falls into the sun--
Who can say but at the same
   Instant from some planet far
A child may watch us and exclaim:
   "See the pretty shooting star!"

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