Matilda told such dreadful lies, It made one gasp and stretch one's eyes; Her aunt, who, from her earliest youth, Had kept a strict regard for truth, Attempted to believe Matilda: The effort very nearly killed her.
Hilaire Belloc (1870 - 1953)
Source: Cautionary Tales, I907, Matilda
Contributed by: Zaady
Child! do not throw this book about Refrain from the unholy pleasure Of cutting all the pictures out! Preserve it as your chiefest treasure.
Source: A Bad Child's Book of Beasts, 1896 dedication
When people call this beast to mind, They marvel more and more At such a little tail behind, So large a trunk before.
Source: A Bad Child's Book of Beasts, The Elephant
From quiet homes and first beginnings, Out to the undiscovered ends, There's nothing worth the wear of winning, But laughter and the love of friends.
Source: Dedicatory Ode
I said to Heart, "How goes it?" Heart replied: "Right as a Ribstone Pippin!" But it lied.
Source: The False Heart
It happened that a few weeks later Her aunt was off to the theater To see that interesting play The Second Mrs. Tanqueray.
"Oh, my friends, be warned by me, That breakfast, dinner, lunch and tea Are all the human frame requires . . . With that the wretched child expires.
Source: Cautionary Tales, I907, Henry King
A smell of burning fills the startled air - The Electrician is no longer there!
Source: Newdigate Poem
The chief defect of Henry King Was chewing little bits of string.
Of courtesy, it is much less Than courage of heart or holiness, Yet in my walks it seems to me That the Grace of God is in courtesy.
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