October 2014 34


Just a few more gaps to fill.

I am using some bits from ‘Selected Cautionary Verses’ by Hilaire Belloc, which I love.

This edition was published by Penguin in 1968, and was totally ruined by a leak in our window (along with my beloved ‘Flat Stanley’). It was already in a pretty rough state, even before the months of rain.

The first one is taken from a poem called ‘The Garden Party’, and the second from ‘The Lion’.

The rich arrived in pairs, And also in Rolls Royces; They talked of their affairs, In loud and strident voices.

And indeed they do…

The Lion, the Lion. he dwells in the waste, He has a big head and a very small waist; But his shoulders are stark, and his jaws they are grim, And a good little child will not play with him.




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