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A Moral Alphabet by  Hilaire Belloc





reviewing my book,

At which he had barely intended to look;


But the very first lines upon "A" were enough

To convince him the Verses were excellent stuff.

So he wrote, without stopping, for several days

In terms of extreme, but well-merited Praise.

To quote but one Passage: "No Person" (says he),

"Will be really content without purchasing three,

"While a Parent will send for a dozen or more,

"And strew them about on the Nursery Floor.

"The Versification might call for some strictures

"Were it not for its singular wit; while the Pictures,

"Tho' the handling of line is a little defective,

"Make up amply in verve what they lack in perspective."


The habit of constantly telling the Truth

Will lend an additional lustre to Youth.

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