An Alphabet

A is the Alphabet, A at its head; A is an Antelope, agile to run. B is the Baker Boy bringing the bread, Or black Bear and brown Bear, both begging for bun. C is a Cornflower come with the corn; C is a Cat with a comical look. D is a Dinner which Dahlias adorn; D is a Duchess who dines with a Duke. E is an elegant eloquent Earl; E is an Egg whence an Eaglet emerges. F is a Falcon, with feathers to furl; F is a Fountain of full foaming surges. G is the Gander, the Gosling, the Goose; G is a Garnet in girdle of gold. H is a Heartsease, harmonious of hues; H is a huge Hammer, heavy to hold. I is an Idler who idles on ice; I am I — who will say I am not I? J is a Jacinth, a jewel of price; J is a Jay, full of joy in July. K is a King, or a Kaiser still higher; K is a Kitten, or quaint Kangaroo. L is a Lute or a lovely-toned Lyre; L is a Lily all laden with dew. M is a Meadow where Meadowsweet blows; M is a Mountain made dim by a mist. N is a Nut — in a nutshell it grows — Or a Nest full of Nightingales singing — oh list! O is an Opal, with only one spark; O is an Olive, with oil on its skin. P is a Pony, a pet in a park; P is the Point of a Pen or a Pin. Q is a Quail, quick-chirping at morn; Q is a Quince quite ripe and near dropping. R is a Rose, rosy red on a thorn; R is a red-breasted Robin come hopping. S is a Snow-storm that sweeps o'er the Sea; S is the Song that the swift Swallows sing. T is the Tea-table set out for tea; T is a Tiger with terrible spring. U, the Umbrella, went up in a shower; Or Unit is useful with ten to unite. V is a Violet veined in the flower; V is a Viper of venomous bite. W stands for the water-bred Whale; Stands for the wonderful Wax-work so gay. X, or XX, or XXX is ale, Or Policeman X, exercised day after day. Y is a yellow Yacht, yellow its boat; Y is the Yucca, the Yam, or the Yew. Z is a Zebra, zigzagged his coat, Or Zebu, or Zoöphyte, seen at the Zoo.