Hilaire Belloc

Here you will find the Poem A Moral Alphabet (excerpt) of poet Hilaire Belloc

A Moral Alphabet (excerpt)

D: The Dreadful Dinotherium he 
Will have to do his best for D. 
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.1 
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. 

If you were born to walk the ground,
Remain there; do not fool around.

E stands for Egg.