WHO WAS FRIGHTENED BY A PASSING MOTOR, AND WAS BROUGHT TO REASON
by: Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953)
- "h, Murder! What was that, Papa!”
- “My child, it was a Motor-Car,
- A Most Ingenious Toy!
- Designed to Captivate and Charm
- Much rather than to rouse Alarm
- In any English Boy.
- “What would your Great Grandfather who
- Was Aide-de-Camp to General Brue,
- And lost a leg at Waterloo,
- And Quatre-Bras and Ligny too!
- And died at Trafalgar!
- What would he have remarked to hear
- His Young Descendant shriek with fear,
- Because he happened to be near
- A Harmless Motor-Car!
- But do not fret about it! Come!
- We’ll off to Town
- And purchase some!”
POEMS BY HILAIRE BELLOC
|"Hildebrand" is reprinted from Cautionary Tales for Children. Hilaire Belloc. 1907.