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A Moral Alphabet by Hilaire Belloc

A MORAL ALPHABET.

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BY THE SAME AUTHORS.

MORE BEASTS (FOR WORSE CHILDREN). Demy 4to. 3s. 6d.

THE MODERN TRAVELLER. Fcap. 4to. 3s. 6d.

EDWARD ARNOLD, LONDON.

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A MORAL ALPHABET

by

H. B.

With Illustrations by

B. B.

Authors of "The Bad Child's Book of Beasts" "More Beasts for Worse Children" "The Modern Traveller" etc.

London Edward Arnold 37 Bedford Street 1899

_DEDICATION._

TO THE GENTLEMAN ON PAGE 49.

A

stands for

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Archibald who told no lies, And got this lovely volume for a prize.

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The Upper School had combed and oiled their hair, And all the Parents of the Boys were there. In words that ring like thunder through the Hall, Draw tears from some and loud applause from all,-- The Pedagogue, with Pardonable Joy, Bestows the Gift upon the Radiant Boy:--

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"Accept the Noblest Work produced as yet" (Says he) "upon the English Alphabet; "Next term I shall examine you, to find "If you have read it thoroughly. So mind!" And while the Boys and Parents cheered so loud, That out of doors

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a large and anxious crowd Had gathered and was blocking up the street, The admirable child resumed his seat.

MORAL.

Learn from this justly irritating Youth, To brush your Hair and Teeth and tell the Truth.

B stands for Bear.

[Illustration]

When Bears are seen Approaching in the distance, Make up your mind at once between Retreat and Armed Resistance.

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A Gentleman remained to fight-- With what result for him? The Bear, with ill-concealed delight, Devoured him, Limb by Limb.

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Another Person turned and ran; He ran extremely hard: The Bear was faster than the Man, And beat him by a yard.

MORAL.

Decisive action in the hour of need Denotes the Hero, but does not succeed.


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