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More Beasts for Worse Children by  Hilaire Belloc


 

 

THE PORCUPINE


[Illustration]

What! Would you slap the Porcupine?

Unhappy child—desist!

Alas! That any friend of mine

Should turn Tupto-philist.*

* From the "tupto"=I strike; "philo"=I love; one that loves to strike; The word is not found in classical Greek, nor does it occur among the writers of the Renaissance—nor anywhere else.


[Illustration]

To strike the meanest and the least

Of creatures is a sin.


[Illustration]

How much more bad to beat a beast

With prickles on its skin.


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