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Cautionary Tales for Children by  Hilaire Belloc

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HENRY KING

Who chewed bits of string, and was early cut off in Dreadful agonies.

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The Chief Defect of Henry King

Was chewing little bits of String.

At last he swallowed some which tied

Itself in ugly Knots inside.


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Physicians of the Utmost Fame

Were called at once; but when they came

They answered, as they took their Fees,

"There is no Cure for this Disease.


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"Henry will very soon be dead."

His Parents stood about his Bed

Lamenting his Untimely Death,

When Henry, with his Latest Breath,


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Cried, "Oh, my Friends, be warned by me,

That Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, and Tea

Are all the Human Frame requires . . ."

With that, the Wretched Child expires.


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