(27 July 1870 – 16 July 1953 / La Celle-Saint-Cloud)

The Frog

Be kind and tender to the Frog,
And do not call him names,
As 'Slimy skin,' or 'Polly-wog,'
Or likewise 'Ugly James,'
Or 'Gap-a-grin,' or 'Toad-gone-wrong,'
Or 'Bill Bandy-knees':
The Frog is justly sensitive
To epithets like these.

No animal will more repay
A treatment kind and fair;
At least so lonely people say
Who keep a frog (and, by the way,
They are extremely rare).

by Hilaire Belloc

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I had once a friend, a frog. He would come to my kitchen to dine in style. I wrote about him in my blog: naituretails.blog
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Very nice
Very nice line of poem
The frog is an animal, few people would love to admit. If we misbehave the animals, what should it be called, animalty or humanity? ? Thanks for the sharing.
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