LORD UNCLE TOM
by: Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953)
- ord Uncle Tom was different from
- What other nobles are.
- For they are yellow or pink, I think,
- But he was black as tar.
- He had his Father's debonair
- And rather easy pride:
- But his complexion and his hair
- Were from the mother's side.
- He often mingled in debate
- And latterly displayed
- Experience of peculiar weight
- Upon the Cocoa-trade.
- But now He speaks no more. The Bill
- Which he could not abide,
- It preyed upon his mind until
- He sickened, paled, and died.
POEMS BY HILAIRE BELLOC
|"Lord Uncle Tom" is reprinted from More Peers. Hilaire Belloc. London: Stephen Swift, 1911.