Gateway to the Classics: The Bad Child's Book of Beasts by Hilaire Belloc
 
The Bad Child's Book of Beasts by  Hilaire Belloc

The Whale


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The whale that wanders round the Pole

Is not a table fish


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You cannot bake or boil him whole,

Nor serve him in a dish;


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But you may cut his blubber up

And melt it down for oil,


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And so replace the colza bean

(A product of the soil.)


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These facts should all be noted down

And ruminated on,

By every boy in Oxford town

Who wants to be a Don.


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