Poem – The Frog – Hilaire Belloc

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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