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Cautionary Tales for Children 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 Charm

Much, rather than to rouse Alarm

In any English Boy


What would your Great Grandfather who

Was Aide-de-Camp to General Brue,


And lost a leg at Waterloo


And Quatre-Bras and


. . . .Ligny too!


. . . . .And died at Trafalgar!

What would he have remarked to hear

His Young Descendent shriek with fear,

Because he happened to be near

A Harmless Motor-Car!


But do not fret about it! Come!

We’ll off to Town, and purchase some!"

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