Cautionary Tales for Children - Hilaire Belloc




Hildebrand

Who was frightened by a Passing Motor, and was brought to reason.
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"Oh Murder! What was that Papa!"

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"My child, It was a Motor-Car,

A Most Ingenious Toy!

Designed to Captivate and Charm

Much, rather than to rouse Alarm

In any English Boy

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What would your Great Grandfather who

Was Aide-de-Camp to General Brue,

[Illustration] from Cautionary Tales for Children by Hilaire Belloc

And lost a leg at Waterloo

[Illustration] from Cautionary Tales for Children by Hilaire Belloc

And Quatre-Bras and

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. . . .Ligny too!

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. . . . .And died at Trafalgar!


What would he have remarked to hear

His Young Descendent shriek with fear,

Because he happened to be near

A Harmless Motor-Car!

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But do not fret about it! Come!

We’ll off to Town, and purchase some!"