by: Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953)
- e 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 'Bill 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).
POEMS BY HILAIRE BELLOC
|"The Frog" is reprinted from The Bad Child's Book of Beasts. Hilaire Belloc. London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., 1896.