by (Joseph) Hilaire Belloc (1870 - 1953)

The frog
Language: English 
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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This text was added to the website: 2008-09-08
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Word count: 66