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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- by (Joseph) Hilaire Belloc (1870 - 1953), "The frog", appears in The Bad Child's Book of Beasts, first published 1896 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by Jean Berger, né Arthur Schloßberg (1909 - 2002), "The frog", published <<1968 [ SA chorus and piano ], from A Child's Book of Beasts [sung text not yet checked]
- by Donald James Martino (1931 - 2005), "The frog", 1952, from From "The Bad Child's Book of Beasts", no. 3 [sung text not yet checked]
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