The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning
“Please your honours,” said he, “I’m able,
By means of a secret charm, to draw
All creatures living beneath the sun,
That creep or swim or fly or run,
After me so as you never saw!
And I chiefly use my charm
On creatures that do people harm,
The mole and toad and newt and viper;
And people call me the Pied Piper.”
Poetry by Robert Browning
Do you remember the story of the pied piper? Who promised to solve a village’s rat problem and ended up leading their children astray?
Gutenberg has two gorgeously illustrated books that contain versions of the story by Robert Browning. One book also has various other poems by Browning that you can use in your literature and reading studies.