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The Frog
Hilaire Belloc

The Frog
Hilaire Belloc


Be kind and tender to the frog,
And do not call him names,
As 'Slimy Skin", or 'Pollywog',
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)

Hilaire Belloc



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