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More Beasts for Worse Children by  Hilaire Belloc





A Python I should not advise,—

It needs a doctor for its eyes,

And has the measles yearly,


However, if you feel inclined

To get one (to improve your mind,

And not from fashion merely),

Allow no music near its cage;


And when if flies into a rage

Chastise it, most severely.


I had an Aunt in Yucatan

Who bought a Python from a man

And kept it for a pet.

She died, because she never knew

These simple little rules and few;—


The Snake is living yet.

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