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


The whale that wanders round the Pole

Is not a table fish


You cannot bake or boil him whole,

Nor serve him in a dish;


But you may cut his blubber up

And melt it down for oil,


And so replace the colza bean

(A product of the soil.)


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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