The Nicest Child I Ever By Hilaire Belloc

The nicest child I ever knew Was Charles Augustus Fortescue. He never lost his cap, or tore His stockings or his pinafore: In eating Bread…

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The Vulture Eats Between By Hilaire Belloc

The Vulture eats between his meals, And that’s the reason why He very, very, rarely feels As well as you and I. His eye is…

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Who Was Cursed With The By Hilaire Belloc

Who was cursed with the Sin of Pride, and Became a Boot-Black. Godolphin Horne was Nobly Born; He held the Human Race in Scorn, And…

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Pale Ebenezer Thought It By Hilaire Belloc

Pale Ebenezer thought it wrong to fight, But Roaring Bill (who killed him) thought it right. ~ The Pacifist – Hilaire Belloc

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Who Played With A By Hilaire Belloc

Who played with a Dangerous Toy, and suffered a Catastrophe of considerable Dimensions When George’s Grandmamma was told That George had been as good as…

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It Was My Shame, And Now By Hilaire Belloc

It was my shame, and now it is my boast, That I have loved you rather more than most. ~ Time Cures All – Hilaire…

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The Tiger, On The Other By Hilaire Belloc

The tiger, on the other hand, Is kittenish and mild, And makes a pretty playfellow For any little child. And mothers of large families (Who…

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As A Friend To The By Hilaire Belloc

As a friend to the children Commend me the Yak. You will find it exactly the thing: It will carry and fetch, you can ride…

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Who Was Frightened By A By Hilaire Belloc

Who was frightened by a Passing Motor, and was brought to Reason “Oh murder! What was that, Papa!” “My child, It was a Motor-Car, A…

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Pelagius Lived At By Hilaire Belloc

Pelagius lived at Kardanoel And taught a doctrine there How, whether you went to heaven or to hell It was your own affair. It had…

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When I Am Living In The By Hilaire Belloc

When I am living in the Midlands That are sodden and unkind, I light my lamp in the evening: My work is left behind; And…

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Inviting The Influence By Hilaire Belloc

Inviting the influence of a young lady upon the opening year You wear the morning like your dress And are with mastery crown’d; When as…

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The Moon On The One By Hilaire Belloc

The moon on the one hand, the dawn on the other: The moon is my sister, the dawn is my brother. The moon on my…

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Who Was Too Freely Moved By Hilaire Belloc

Who was too Freely Moved to Tears, and thereby ruined his Political Career Lord Lundy from his earliest years Was far too freely moved to…

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Of Three In One And One By Hilaire Belloc

Of three in One and One in three My narrow mind would doubting be Till Beauty, Grace and Kindness met And all at once were…

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When Jesus Christ Was By Hilaire Belloc

When Jesus Christ was four years old The angels brought Him toys of gold, Which no man ever had bought or sold. And yet with…

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Ill Fares The Land To By Hilaire Belloc

Ill fares the land to hast’ning ills a prey (1) Where wealth accumulates and men decay.’ But how much more unfortunate are those Where wealth…

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The Microbe Is So Very By Hilaire Belloc

The Microbe is so very small You cannot make him out at all, But many sanguine people hope To see him through a microscope. His…

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Who Slammed Doors For By Hilaire Belloc

Who Slammed Doors For Fun And Perished Miserably A trick that everyone abhors In little girls is slamming doors. A wealthy banker’s little daughter Who…

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Of All The Gods That By Hilaire Belloc

Of all the gods that gave me all their glories To-day there deigns to walk with me but one. I lead him by the hand…

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Torture Will Give A By Hilaire Belloc

Torture will give a dozen pence or more To keep a drab from bawling at his door. The public taste is quite a different thing-…

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I Shoot The Hippopotamus By Hilaire Belloc

I shoot the Hippopotamus With bullets made of platinum, Because if I use leaden ones His hide is sure to flatten ’em. ~ The Hippopotamus…

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The Lion, The Lion, He By Hilaire Belloc

The Lion, the Lion, he dwells in the Waste, He has a big head and a very small waist; But his shoulders are stark, and…

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Who Played With A Loaded By Hilaire Belloc

Who played with a Loaded Gun, and, on missing his Sister was reprimanded by his Father. Young Algernon, the Doctor’s Son, Was playing with a…

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My Jolly Fat Host With By Hilaire Belloc

My jolly fat host with your face all a-grin, Come, open the door to us, let us come in. A score of stout fellows who…

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To Exalt, Enthrone, By Hilaire Belloc

To exalt, enthrone, establish and defend, To welcome home mankind’s mysterious friend Wine, true begetter of all arts that be; Wine, privilege of the completely…

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I, From A Window Where By Hilaire Belloc

I, from a window where the Meuse is wide, Looked eastward out to the September night; The men that in the hopeless battle died Rose,…

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The Dromedary Is A By Hilaire Belloc

The Dromedary is a cheerful bird: I cannot say the same about the Kurd. ~ – Hilaire Belloc

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Who Ran Away From His By Hilaire Belloc

Who ran away from his Nurse and was eaten by a Lion There was a Boy whose name was Jim; His Friends were very good…

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Most Holy Night, That By Hilaire Belloc

Most Holy Night, that still dost keep The keys of all the doors of sleep, To me when my tired eyelids close Give thou repose….

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Three Graces; And The By Hilaire Belloc

Three Graces; and the mother were a Grace, But for profounder meaning in her face. ~ On the Ladies of Pixton – Hilaire Belloc

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How Did The Party Go In By Hilaire Belloc

How did the party go in Portman Square? I cannot tell you; Juliet was not there. And how did Lady Gaster’s party go? Juliet was…

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The Chief Defect Of By Hilaire Belloc

The Chief Defect of Henry King Was chewing little bits of String. At last he swallowed some which tied Itself in ugly Knots inside. Physicians…

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Wherever The Catholic By Hilaire Belloc

Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine, There’s always laughter and good red wine. At least I’ve always found it so. Benedicamus Domino! ~ The Catholic…

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May All My Enemies Go To By Hilaire Belloc

May all my enemies go to hell, Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel ~ Lines For A Christmas Card – Hilaire Belloc

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The World Is Full Of By Hilaire Belloc

The world is full of double beds And most delightful maidenheads, Which being so, there’s no excuse For sodomy of self-abuse. ~ – Hilaire Belloc

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Heretics All, Whoever By Hilaire Belloc

Heretics all, whoever you may be, In Tarbes or Nimes, or over the sea, You never shall have good words from me. Caritas non conturbat…

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Talking (And Singing) Of The Nordic Man By Hilaire Belloc

I Behold, my child, the Nordic man, And be as like him, as you can; His legs are long, his mind is slow, His hair…

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Who Caroused In The Dirt By Hilaire Belloc

Who caroused in the Dirt and was corrected by His Uncle. His Uncle came upon Franklin Hyde Carousing in the Dirt. He Shook him hard…

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Lump Says That Caliban’s By Hilaire Belloc

Lump says that Caliban’s of gutter breed, And Caliban says Lump’s a fool indeed, And Caliban and Lump and I are all agreed. ~ On…

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The Whale That Wanders By Hilaire Belloc

The Whale that wanders round the Pole Is not a table fish. You cannot bake or boil him whole Nor serve him in a dish;…

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Do You Remember An Inn, By Hilaire Belloc

Do you remember an Inn, Miranda? Do you remember an Inn? And the tedding and the bedding Of the straw for a bedding, And the…

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The Big Baboon Is Found By Hilaire Belloc

The Big Baboon is found upon The plains of Cariboo: He goes about with nothing on (A shocking thing to do). But if he dressed…

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When We Are Dead, Some By Hilaire Belloc

When we are dead, some Hunting-boy will pass And find a stone half-hidden in tall grass And grey with age: but having seen that stone…

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Lord Finchley Tried To By Hilaire Belloc

Lord Finchley tried to mend the Electric Light Himself. It struck him dead: And serve him right! It is the business of the wealthy man…

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The Species Man And By Hilaire Belloc

The species Man and Marmozet Are intimately linked; The Marmozet survives as yet, But Men are all extinct. ~ The Marmozet – Hilaire Belloc

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Because My Faltering By Hilaire Belloc

Because my faltering feet may fail to dare The first descendant of the steps of Hell Give me the Word in time that triumphs there….

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Sally Is Gone That Was By Hilaire Belloc

Sally is gone that was so kindly, Sally is gone from Ha’nacker Hill And the Briar grows ever since then so blindly; And ever since…

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When Peter Wanderwide By Hilaire Belloc

When Peter Wanderwide was young He wandered everywhere he would: All that he approved was sung, And most of what he saw was good. When…

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Look, How Those Steep By Hilaire Belloc

Look, how those steep woods on the mountain’s face Burn, burn against the sunset; now the cold Invades our very noon: the year’s grown old,…

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The Scorpion Is As Black By Hilaire Belloc

The Scorpion is as black as soot, He dearly loves to bite; He is a most unpleasant brute To find in bed at night. ~…

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Be Kind And Tender To By Hilaire Belloc

Be 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…

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Remote And Ineffectual By Hilaire Belloc

Remote and ineffectual Don That dared attack my Chesterton, With that poor weapon, half-impelled, Unlearnt, unsteady, hardly held, Unworthy for a tilt with men– Your…

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When People Call This By Hilaire Belloc

When people call this beast to mind, They marvel more and more At such a little tail behind, So large a trunk before. ~ The…

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Kings Live In Palaces, By Hilaire Belloc

Kings live in Palaces, and Pigs in sties, And youth in Expectation. Youth is wise. ~ – Hilaire Belloc

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