Gateway to the Classics: More Beasts for Worse Children by Hilaire Belloc
 
More Beasts for Worse Children by  Hilaire Belloc

The Frozen Mammoth


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This creature, though rare, is still found in the East

Of the Northern Siberian Zone.


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It is known to the whole of that primitive group

That the carcass will furnish an excellent soup,

Though the cooking it offers one drawback at least

(Of a serious nature I own):


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If the skin be but punctured  before it is boiled,

Your confection is wholly and utterly spoiled.


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And hence (on account of the size of the beast)

The dainty is nearly unknown.


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