Gateway to the Classics: A Moral Alphabet by Hilaire Belloc
 
A Moral Alphabet by  Hilaire Belloc

B For Bear

B stands for Bear.


[Illustration]

When Bears are seen Approaching in the distance,

Make up your mind at once between Retreat and Armed Resistance.


[Illustration]

A Gentleman remained to fightóWith what result for him?

The Bear, with ill-concealed delight, Devoured him, Limb by Limb.


[Illustration]

Another Person turned and ran; He ran extremely hard:

The Bear was faster than the Man, And beat him by a yard.

Moral

Decisive action in the hour of need

Denotes the Hero, but does not succeed.


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