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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship.  1904.
 
Poems of Home: III. Fun for Little Folk
Sage Counsel
Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch (1863–1944)
 
THE LION is the beast to fight,
  He leaps along the plain,
And if you run with all your might,
  He runs with all his mane.
        I ’m glad I ’m not a Hottentot,        5
        But if I were, with outward cal-lum
        I ’d either faint upon the spot
        Or hie me up a leafy pal-lum.
 
The chamois is the beast to hunt;
  He ’s fleeter than the wind,        10
And when the chamois is in front,
  The hunter is behind.
        The Tyrolese make famous cheese
        And hunt the chamois o’er the chaz-zums;
        I ’d choose the former if you please,        15
        For precipices give me spaz-zums.
 
The polar bear will make a rug
  Almost as white as snow;
But if he gets you in his hug,
  He rarely lets you go.        20
        And Polar ice looks very nice,
        With all the colors of a pris-sum;
        But, if you ’ll follow my advice,
        Stay home and learn your catechissum.
 
 
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