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

The Porcupine


What! Would you slap the Porcupine?

Unhappy child—desist!

Alas! That any friend of mine

Should turn Tupto-philist.*

* From the "tupto"=I strike; "philo"=I love; one that loves to strike; The word is not found in classical Greek, nor does it occur among the writers of the Renaissance—nor anywhere else.


To strike the meanest and the least

Of creatures is a sin.


How much more bad to beat a beast

With prickles on its skin.

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