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Thread #83258   Message #1531172
Posted By: rumgumption
29-Jul-05 - 10:12 AM
Thread Name: Happy! - July 27 (Hilaire Belloc)
Subject: RE: Happy! - July 27 (Hilaire Belloc)
Joe F--Re setting to music, a number of those verses metrically fit songs from Gilbert and Sullivan musicals, which seem to me to have an appropriate degree of silliness:

I shoot the Hippopotamus with bullets made of platinum,
Because if I use leaden ones his hide is sure to flatten 'em


In short, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral,
I am the very model of a modern Major-General.

(And I take your point. Belloc, Chesterton, Kipling: you don't have to endorse their various views to love their work.)

Le Scaramouche--Belloc and Chesterton would heartily agree!