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The Frog
Hilaire Belloc (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).

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I believe Belloc wrote " Billy" , not " Bill" Bandy-knees, as " Bill" doesn't scan.
An alluring poem for children, drawing them in with a tale of the fabled frog....yeah right you are mr. Terence George Craddock
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
Thanks dear this helps me a lot for my assessment
Very nice
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