From "The Bad Child's Book of Beasts"

Song Cycle by Donald James Martino (1931 - 2005)

1. The lion [sung text not yet checked]

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 his jaws they are grim,
    And a good little child will not play with him. 

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2. The Tiger [sung text not yet checked]

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 claim to common sense) 
Will find a tiger well repays
    The trouble and expense. 

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3. The frog [sung text not yet checked]

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 "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).

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4. The microbe [sung text not yet checked]

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 jointed tongue that lies beneath
A hundred curious rows of teeth;
His seven tufted tails with lots
Of lovely pink and purple spots,
On each of which a pattern stands,
Composed of forty separate bands;
His eyebrows of a tender green;
All these have never yet been seen--
But Scientists, who ought to know,
Assure us that they must be so....
Oh! let us never, never doubt
What nobody is sure about! 

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Total word count: 242