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Cautionary Tales for Children by  Hilaire Belloc




Who caroused in the Dirt and was corrected by His Uncle


His Uncle came on Franklin Hyde

Carousing in the Dirt.

He Shook him hard from Side to Side

And Hit him till it Hurt,


Exclaiming with a Final Thud

"Take that! Abandoned Boy!


For playing with Disgusting Mud

As though it were a Toy!"


From Franklin Hyde’s adventure, learn

To pass your Leisure Time

In Cleanly Merriment, and turn

From Mud and Oose and Slime


And every form of Nastiness—

But, on the other Hand,

Children in ordinary Dress

May always play with Sand.

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