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Mr. Nobody
Author Unknown

I know a funny little man,
    As quiet as a mouse,
Who does the mischief that is done
    In everybody’s house!
There’s no one ever sees his face,
    And yet we all agree
That every plate we break was cracked
    By Mr. Nobody.


’Tis he who always tears out books,
    Who leaves the door ajar,
He pulls the buttons from our shirts,
    And scatters pins afar;
That squeaking door will always squeak,
    For prithee, don’t you see,
We leave the oiling to be done
    By Mr. Nobody.


The finger marks upon the door
    By none of us are made;
We never leave the blinds unclosed,
    To let the curtains fade.
The ink we never spill;   the boots
    That lying round you see
Are not our boots,—they all belong
To Mr. Nobody.

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It was in Book Four of The How and Why Library Series, Copyright 1948, published by T.G. Nichols Co., Inc., Kansas City, MO. I still have the set. One verse is left out here, which falls between the second and third as posted here: He puts damp wool upon the fire, That kettles cannot boil; His are the feet that bring in mud, And all the carpets soil.
Posted 10/13/2013 03:42 PM
Hardy and I both remember this poem being in a children's book collection we each had as little kids. We think it was called THE HOW AND WHY SERIES. Thank you, Jayne, for this remembrance of something past!
Posted 10/13/2013 12:25 PM
Shades of "McCavity, the Mystery Cat," by T. S. Eliot.
Posted 10/13/2013 08:51 AM
Wilda Morris:
How true! We talked about Mr. Nobody a lot when my children were growing up! I've always enjoyed this poem, but had not read it for a long time.
Posted 10/13/2013 06:03 AM

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