Hilaire Belloc
The Early Morning by Hilaire Belloc

The Early Morning 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 left and the dawn on my right. My brother, good morning: my ...

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George by Hilaire Belloc

George 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 gold, She promised in ...

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Tarantella by Hilaire Belloc

Tarantella by Hilaire Belloc

Do you remember an Inn, Miranda? Do you remember an Inn? And the tedding and the spreading Of the straw for a bedding, And the fleas that tease in the High Pyrenees, And the ...

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Algernon by Hilaire Belloc

Algernon 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 Loaded Gun.He pointed it towards his ...

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Charles Augustus Fortescue by Hilaire Belloc

Charles Augustus Fortescue by Hilaire Belloc

The nicest child I ever knewWas Charles Augustus Fortescue.He never lost his cap, or toreHis stockings or his pinafore:In eating Bread he made no Crumbs,He was extremely fond of ...

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The Tiger by Hilaire Belloc

The Tiger by Hilaire Belloc

The tiger, on the other hand,Is kittenish and mild,And makes a pretty playfellowFor any little child.And mothers of large families(Who claim to common sense)Will find a tiger well ...

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The Catholic Sun by Hilaire Belloc

The Catholic Sun 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!

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A Trinity by Hilaire Belloc

A Trinity 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 Juliet.

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

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

IBehold, my child, the Nordic man,And be as like him, as you can;His legs are long, his mind is slow,His hair is lank and made of tow.IIAnd here we have the Alpine Race:Oh! What a ...

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The South Country by Hilaire Belloc

The South Country 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 the great hills of ...

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The Frog by Hilaire Belloc

The Frog 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 'Toad-gone-wrong,'Or 'Bill Bandy-knees':The ...

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Rebecca by Hilaire Belloc

Rebecca by Hilaire Belloc

Who Slammed Doors For Fun And Perished MiserablyA trick that everyone abhorsIn little girls is slamming doors.A wealthy banker's little daughterWho lived in Palace Green, ...

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Lord Lundy by Hilaire Belloc

Lord Lundy by Hilaire Belloc

Who was too Freely Moved to Tears, and thereby ruined his Political Career Lord Lundy from his earliest yearsWas far too freely moved to Tears.For instance if his Mother ...

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Godolphin Horne by Hilaire Belloc

Godolphin Horne 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 lived with all his Sisters whereHis father lived, ...

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Ballade To Our Lady Of Czestochowa by Hilaire Belloc

Ballade To Our Lady Of Czestochowa by Hilaire Belloc

ILady and Queen and Mystery manifoldAnd very Regent of the untroubled sky,Whom in a dream St. Hilda did beholdAnd heard a woodland music passing by:You shall receive me when the ...

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Drinking Song, On The Excellence Of Burgundy Wine by Hilaire Belloc

Drinking Song, On The Excellence Of Burgundy Wine 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 think it no sin If they toast till ...

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Henry King by Hilaire Belloc

Henry King by Hilaire Belloc

The Chief Defect of Henry KingWas chewing little bits of String.At last he swallowed some which tiedItself in ugly Knots inside.Physicians of the Utmost FameWere called at once; ...

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Matilda Who Told Lies, And Was Burned To Death by Hilaire Belloc

Matilda Who Told Lies, And Was Burned To Death by Hilaire Belloc

Matilda told such Dreadful Lies,It made one Gasp and Stretch one's Eyes; Her Aunt, who, from her Earliest Youth,Had kept a Strict Regard for Truth,Attempted to Believe Matilda:The ...

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Juliet by Hilaire Belloc

Juliet 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 next me and I do not know.

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The Microbe by Hilaire Belloc

The Microbe by Hilaire Belloc

The Microbe is so very smallYou cannot make him out at all,But many sanguine people hopeTo see him through a microscope.His jointed tongue that lies beneathA hundred curious rows ...

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The Whale by Hilaire Belloc

The Whale by Hilaire Belloc

The Whale that wanders round the PoleIs not a table fish.You cannot bake or boil him wholeNor serve him in a dish;But you may cut his blubber upAnd melt it down for oil.And so ...

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The Vulture by Hilaire Belloc

The Vulture by Hilaire Belloc

The Vulture eats between his meals,And that's the reason whyHe very, very, rarely feelsAs well as you and I.His eye is dull, his head is bald,His neck is growing thinner.Oh! what ...

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Because My Faltering Feet by Hilaire Belloc

Because My Faltering Feet by Hilaire Belloc

Because my faltering feet may fail to dareThe first descendant of the steps of HellGive me the Word in time that triumphs there.I too must pass into the misty hollowWhere all our ...

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Jim by Hilaire Belloc

Jim by Hilaire Belloc

Who ran away from his Nurse and was eaten by a LionThere was a Boy whose name was Jim;His Friends were very good to him.They gave him Tea, and Cakes, and Jam,And slices of ...

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Is There Any Reward? by Hilaire Belloc

Is There Any Reward? by Hilaire Belloc

Is there any reward?I'm beginning to doubt it.I am broken and bored,Is there any rewardReassure me, Good Lord,And inform me about it.Is there any reward?I'm beginning to doubt it.

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The Lion by Hilaire Belloc

The Lion 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 his jaws they are grim,And a good little child will not play ...

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Ha’Nacker Mill by Hilaire Belloc

Ha’Nacker Mill by Hilaire Belloc

Sally is gone that was so kindly,Sally is gone from Ha'nacker HillAnd the Briar grows ever since then so blindly;And ever since then the clapper is still...And the sweeps have ...

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Lord Finchley by Hilaire Belloc

Lord Finchley by Hilaire Belloc

Lord Finchley tried to mend the Electric LightHimself. It struck him dead: And serve him right!It is the business of the wealthy manTo give employment to the artisan.

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The Elephant by Hilaire Belloc

The Elephant by Hilaire Belloc

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

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Lines For A Christmas Card by Hilaire Belloc

Lines For A Christmas Card by Hilaire Belloc

May all my enemies go to hell,Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel.

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Habitations by Hilaire Belloc

Habitations by Hilaire Belloc

Kings live in Palaces, and Pigs in sties, And youth in Expectation. Youth is wise.

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The Hippopotamus by Hilaire Belloc

The Hippopotamus by Hilaire Belloc

I shoot the HippopotamusWith bullets made of platinum,Because if I use leaden onesHis hide is sure to flatten 'em.

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The Telephone by Hilaire Belloc

The Telephone by Hilaire Belloc

To-night in million-voiced London I Was lonely as the million-pointed sky Until your single voice. Ah! So the sun Peoples all heaven, although he be but one.

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On The Ladies Of Pixton by Hilaire Belloc

On The Ladies Of Pixton by Hilaire Belloc

Three Graces; and the mother were a Grace, But for profounder meaning in her face.

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The Pacifist by Hilaire Belloc

The Pacifist by Hilaire Belloc

Pale Ebenezer thought it wrong to fight,But Roaring Bill (who killed him) thought it right.

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The Statue by Hilaire Belloc

The Statue by Hilaire Belloc

When we are dead, some Hunting-boy will passAnd find a stone half-hidden in tall grassAnd grey with age: but having seen that stone(Which was your image), ride more slowly on.

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The Dromedary by Hilaire Belloc

The Dromedary by Hilaire Belloc

The Dromedary is a cheerful bird:I cannot say the same about the Kurd.

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The Marmozet by Hilaire Belloc

The Marmozet by Hilaire Belloc

The species Man and MarmozetAre intimately linked;The Marmozet survives as yet,But Men are all extinct.

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Heretics All by Hilaire Belloc

Heretics All 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 me. But ...

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[month Of] September by Hilaire Belloc

[month Of] September 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 diedRose, and deployed, and stationed for the fight;A ...

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Heroic Poem In Praise Of Wine by Hilaire Belloc

Heroic Poem In Praise Of Wine by Hilaire Belloc

To exalt, enthrone, establish and defend,To welcome home mankind's mysterious friendWine, true begetter of all arts that be;Wine, privilege of the completely free;Wine the ...

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The Death And Last Confession Of Wandering Peter by Hilaire Belloc

The Death And Last Confession Of Wandering Peter by Hilaire Belloc

When Peter Wanderwide was youngHe wandered everywhere he would:All that he approved was sung,And most of what he saw was good.When Peter Wanderwide was thrownBy Death himself ...

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Franklin Hyde by Hilaire Belloc

Franklin Hyde by Hilaire Belloc

Who caroused in the Dirt and was corrected by His Uncle.His Uncle came upon Franklin HydeCarousing in the Dirt.He Shook him hard from Side to SideAnd Hit him till it ...

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Hildebrand by Hilaire Belloc

Hildebrand 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 most Ingenious Toy!Designed to Captivate and ...

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Lines To A Don by Hilaire Belloc

Lines To A Don by Hilaire Belloc

Remote and ineffectual DonThat dared attack my Chesterton,With that poor weapon, half-impelled,Unlearnt, unsteady, hardly held,Unworthy for a tilt with men--Your quavering and ...

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The Yak by Hilaire Belloc

The Yak 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 on its back,Or lead it about with a string.The Tartar who ...

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The World Is Full Of Double Beds by Hilaire Belloc

The World Is Full Of Double Beds by Hilaire Belloc

The world is full of double bedsAnd most delightful maidenheads, Which being so, there’s no excuseFor sodomy of self-abuse.

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On Torture: A Public Singer by Hilaire Belloc

On Torture: A Public Singer 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- Torture is positively paid to sing.

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The Pelagian Drinking Song by Hilaire Belloc

The Pelagian Drinking Song by Hilaire Belloc

Pelagius lived at KardanoelAnd taught a doctrine thereHow, whether you went to heaven or to hellIt was your own affair.It had nothing to do with the Church, my boy,But was your ...

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The Night by Hilaire Belloc

The Night by Hilaire Belloc

Most Holy Night, that still dost keepThe keys of all the doors of sleep,To me when my tired eyelids close Give thou repose.And let the far lament of themThat chaunt the dead ...

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