Upon being Asked by a Reader whether the Verses Contained in this Book were True.

Original Text: 
Hilaire Belloc, Cautionary Tales for Children Designed for the Admonition of Children between the Ages of Eight and Fourteen Years (London: Duckworth, 1907): 7. 176715. Internet Archive
1And is it True? It is not True.
2And if it were it wouldn't do,
3For people such as me and you
4Who pretty nearly all day long
5Are doing something rather wrong.
6Because if things were really so,
7You would have perished long ago,
8And I would not have lived to write
9The noble lines that meet your sight,
11The nicest things you ever saw.

Notes

10] B. T. B.: Basil Temple Blackwood, illustrator of Cautionary Tales. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1907
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2011
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