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

The Microbe


The Microbe is so very small

You cannot make him out at all,

But many sanguine people hope

To see him through a microscope.

His jointed tougue that lies beneath

A hundred curious rows of teeth;

His seven tufted tails with lots

Of lovely pink and purple spots,


On each of which a pattern stands,

Composed of forty separate bands;

His eyebrows of a tender green;

All these have never yet been seen—

But Scientists, who ought to know,

Assure us that they must be so. . . .

Oh! let us never, never doubt

What nobody is sure about!

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