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KINDNESS TO ANIMALS J. Ashby-Sterry









KINDNESS TO ANIMALS

J. Ashby-Sterry

Speak gently to the herring and kindly to the calf,

Be blithesome with the bunny, at barnacles don't laugh!

Give nuts unto the monkey, and buns unto the bear,

Ne'er hint at currant jelly if you chance to see a hare!

Oh, little girls, pray hide your combs when tortoises draw nigh,

And never in the hearing of a pigeon whisper Pie!

But give the stranded jelly-fish a shove into the sea,—

Be always kind to animals wherever you may be!

Oh, make not game of sparrows, nor faces at the ram,

And ne'er allude to mint sauce when calling on a lamb.

Don't beard the thoughtful oyster, don't dare the cod to crimp,

Don't cheat the pike, or ever try to pot the playful shrimp.

Tread lightly on the turning worm, don't bruise the butterfly,

Don't ridicule the wry-neck, nor sneer at salmon-fry;

Oh, ne'er delight to make dogs fight, nor bantams disagree,—

Be always kind to animals wherever you may be!

Be lenient with lobsters, and ever kind to crabs,

And be not disrespectful to cuttle-fish or dabs;

Chase not the Cochin-China, chaff not the ox obese,

And babble not of feather-beds in company with geese.

Be tender with the tadpole, and let the limpet thrive,

Be merciful to mussels, don't skin your eels alive;

When talking to a turtle don't mention calipee—

Be always kind to animals wherever you may be.

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