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A Moral Alphabet by  Hilaire Belloc


 

 

U FOR UPAS TRUEE

U
FOR THE UPAS TREE

that casts a blight

On those that pull their sisters' hair, and fight.


[Illustration]

But oh! the Good! They wander undismayed,

And (as the Subtle Artist has portrayed)

Dispend the golden hours at play beneath its shade.

(A friend of mine, a Botanist, believes

That Good can even browse upon its leaves,

I doubt it . . . .)


[Illustration]

MORAL

Dear Reader, if you chance to catch a sight

Of Upas Trees, betake yourself to flight.


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