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The Bad Child's Book of Beasts by  Hilaire Belloc

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THE CAMELOPARD

The Camelopard, it is said

By travellers (who never lie),


He cannot stretch out straight in bed

Because he is so high.


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The clouds surround his lofty head,

His hornlets touch the sky.


How shall I hunt this quadruped?

I cannot tell! Not I!


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(A picture of how people try
And fail to hit that head so high.)

I'll buy a little parachute

(A common parachute with wings),

I'll fill it full of arrowroot

And other necessary things,


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And I will slay this fearful brute

With stones and sticks and guns and slings


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(A picture of how people shoot
With comfort from a parachute.)

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