Gateway to the Classics: Cautionary Tales for Children by Hilaire Belloc
 
Cautionary Tales for Children by  Hilaire Belloc

Franklin Hyde

Who caroused in the Dirt and was corrected by His Uncle

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His Uncle came on Franklin Hyde

Carousing in the Dirt.

He Shook him hard from Side to Side

And Hit him till it Hurt,


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Exclaiming with a Final Thud

"Take that! Abandoned Boy!


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For playing with Disgusting Mud

As though it were a Toy!"

Moral:

From Franklin Hyde’s adventure, learn

To pass your Leisure Time

In Cleanly Merriment, and turn

From Mud and Oose and Slime


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And every form of Nastiness—

But, on the other Hand,

Children in ordinary Dress

May always play with Sand.


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