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Title: More Beasts (For Worse Children) Author: Hilaire Belloc Illustrator: Lord Ian Basil Gawaine Temple, L Blackwood Release Date: November 6, 2008 [EBook #27176] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK MORE BEASTS (FOR WORSE CHILDREN) *** Produced by Chris Curnow, Joseph Cooper, some images courtesy of The Internet Archive and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at MORE BEASTS FOR WORSE CHILDREN [Illustration] MORE BEASTS (For WORSE CHILDREN) VERSES BY H.B. PICTURES BY B.T.B. LONDON: DUCKWORTH AND CO. 3 HENRIETTA STREET, COVENT GARDEN. DEDICATION. Fri Mar 31 15:28:23 2017 2 To Miss ALICE WOLCOTT BRINLEY, Of Philadelphia. [Illustration] MORE BEASTS FOR WORSE CHILDREN INTRODUCTION The parents of the learned child (His father and his mother) Were utterly aghast to note The facts he would at random quote On creatures curious, rare and wild; And wondering, asked each other: [Illustration] -An idle little child like this, How is it that he knows What years of close analysis Are powerless to disclose? Our brains are trained, our books are big, And yet we always fail To answer why the Guinea-pig Is born without a tail. [Illustration] Or why the Wanderoo[A] should rant In wild, unmeaning rhymes, Whereas the Indian Elephant Will only read _The Times_. [Illustration] [Illustration] Perhaps he found a way to slip Unnoticed to the Zoo, And gave the Pachyderm a tip, Or pumped the Wanderoo. Or even by an artful plan Deceived our watchful eyes, And interviewed the Pelican, Who is extremely wise.- [Illustration] -Oh! no,- said he, in humble tone...

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