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

The Llama


The Llama is a woolly sort of fleecy hairy goat,

With an indolent expression and an undulating throat

Like an unsuccessful literary man.


And I know the place he lives in (or at least—I think I do)

It is Equador, Brazil or Chili—possibly Peru;

You must find it in the Atlas if you can.


The Llama of the Pampasses you never should confound

(In spite of a deceptive similarity of sound)

With the Lhama who is Lord of Turkestan.


For the former is a beautiful and valuable beast,

But the latter is not lovable nor useful in the least;

And the Ruminant is preferable surely to the Priest

Who battens on the woeful superstitions of the East,

The Mongol of the Monastery of Shan.

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