Thursday, March 06, 2003

The Frog - By Hilaire Belloc

Be kind and tender to the frog,
And do not call him names,
As 'Slimy skin' or 'Polly-wog',
Or likewise 'Ugly James',
Or 'Gap-a-grin', or 'Toad-gone-wrong',
Or 'Billy Bandy-knees':
The Frog is justly sensitive
To epithets like these.

No animal will more repay
A treatment kind and fair;
At least so lonely people say
Who keep a frog (and, by the way,
They are extremely rare).

- Reprinted from "Selected Cautionary Verses"


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