The Frog

An original setting of Hilaire Beloc's poem for Voice and Piano

The Frog

Be kind and tender to the Frog,
And do not call him names,
As "Slimy skin," or "Polly-wog,"
Or likewise "Ugly James,"
Or "Gap-a-grin,"
Or "Toad-gone-wrong,"
Or "Bill Bandy-knees":
The Frog is justly sensitive
To epithets like these.

No animal will more repay
A treatment kind and fair;
At least so lonely people say
Who keep a frog and, by the way,
They are extremely rare.

Hilaire Belloc

The Frog is also available in versions for String Quartet and Mezzo Soprano or Soprano.
see: Versions
Sung here by: Maria Heseltine, Mezzo Soprano, with Douglas Cook, Piano.
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