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The Deinotherium


     The early world observed with awe  

     His back, indented like a saw.

     His look was gay, his voice was strong;   

     His tail was neither short nor long;   

     His trunk, or elongated nose,

     Was not so large as some suppose;   

     His teeth, as all the world allows,   

     Were graminivorous, like a cow's.

     He therefore should have wished to pass   

     Long peaceful nights upon the Grass,   

     But being mad the brute preferred

     To roost in branches, like a bird.

     A creature heavier than a whale,   

     You see at once, could hardly fail

     To suffer badly when he slid

     And tumbled (as he always did).

     His fossil, therefore, comes to light

     All broken up: and serve him right.

- A Moral Alphabet By Hilaire Belloc
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