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The Porcupine
Hilaire Belloc

What ! Would you slap a Porcupine ?
Unhappy child, desist !
Alas that any friend of mine,
Should turn Tupto-Philist.
To strike the meanest and the least
Of creatures is a sin,
How much more bad to beat a beast
With prickles on its skin.


Hilaire Belloc
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