Hilaire Belloc

(27 July 1870 – 16 July 1953 / La Celle-Saint-Cloud)

George - Poem by Hilaire Belloc

Who played with a Dangerous Toy, and suffered a Catastrophe of considerable Dimensions

When George's Grandmamma was told
That George had been as good as gold,
She promised in the afternoon
To buy him an Immense BALLOON.
And so she did; but when it came,
It got into the candle flame,
And being of a dangerous sort
Exploded with a loud report!
The lights went out! The windows broke!
The room was filled with reeking smoke.
And in the darkness shrieks and yells
Were mingled with electric bells,
And falling masonry and groans,
And crunching, as of broken bones,
And dreadful shrieks, when, worst of all,
The house itself began to fall!
It tottered, shuddering to and fro,
Then crashed into the street below-
Which happened to be Savile Row.

When help arrived, among the dead
Were Cousin Mary, Little Fred,
The Footmen (both of them), the Groom,
The man that cleaned the Billiard-Room,
The Chaplain, and the Still-Room Maid.
And I am dreadfully afraid
That Monsieur Champignon, the Chef,
Will now be permanently deaf-
And both his aides are much the same;
While George, who was in part to blame,
Received, you will regret to hear,
A nasty lump behind the ear.

The moral is that little boys
Should not be given dangerous toys.

Comments about George by Hilaire Belloc

  • Alexander Julian (10/28/2017 12:19:00 AM)

    This poem has conversational flow with rhyming that begins, ends, and repeats quickly. (Report) Reply

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  • (10/27/2017 8:50:00 PM)

    there are flying cows in Chagall
    and one called Poppins is even holding an umbrella
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  • Practicing Poetess (10/27/2017 7:43:00 PM)

    An amusing read!
    And how refreshing to know there's someone who has an even bigger imagination than I do!
    Difficult to believe a balloon (even an immense one) could cause that much damage, but anything's possible in poetry! :)
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  • Rose Marie Juan-austin (10/27/2017 5:00:00 PM)

    Such a poetic skill. A minute joy of giving a dangerous toy to a little boy brought a tremendous tragedy. Very well presented. (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (10/27/2017 2:03:00 PM)

    A kids' poem well written Nicely penned. (Report) Reply

  • Rosie Bourget (10/27/2017 8:41:00 AM)

    What an inspiration! As we are approaching the Holliday Season, this poem comes at the right time. Great job Hilaire Belloc! (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (10/27/2017 6:10:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem with great morality. Captivating one. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (10/27/2017 2:10:00 AM)

    Such a fine poem with a moral advice.......🤓👍 (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (10/27/2017 12:39:00 AM)

    Among the dead! ! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • (11/26/2016 4:13:00 PM)

    (George by Hilaire Belloc.) **Poem with a great moral. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (10/27/2016 6:48:00 PM)

    Sin is a danger zone that can spark the flames of hell......
    Always be on guard against evil deeds......
    Congrats for being selected...... Good job....
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  • Susan Williams (10/27/2016 4:44:00 PM)

    This was a fun read! I enjoyed his wit and his imagination. I can see why some readers added a dark meaning to these words and really the poem works that way too... but it is nice to have some things just be goofy in this dark world. (Report) Reply

  • (10/27/2016 7:38:00 AM)

    Brilliant write to stress the moral that little boys should not be given dangerous toys. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (10/27/2016 2:31:00 AM)

    Dangerous toys! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Thomas Vaughan Jones (1/24/2014 10:33:00 AM)

    Hilaire Belloc died in the 1950's. He was a Liberal MP for six years but when he lost office he seldom found any significant employment again. He wrote many books and serious papers but the only work which found any popularity and provided him with a slender source of income was fun poetry, supposedly for children, but with great appeal for adults. This is one of his many humorous poems. No political satire intended. (Report) Reply

  • Barjinder Singh Randhawa (1/24/2012 10:33:00 PM)

    the poem can be read through a Marxist perspective...a little mistake by the aristocratic boy led to the demise of many a working class people...what you think? ? ? (Report) Reply

  • Hans Vr (1/24/2012 6:55:00 AM)

    Cute poem. (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (1/24/2012 5:43:00 AM)

    Nice wit. Poet at last put a moral just to communicate our idiocy. BALLOON...just a globe could be its match. In Chaplins Great Dictator we have experienced it already. A globe is very much like our loving planet. A child...yes, the bosses, in respect of our planet, are child no doubt. We put the right to administrate our social existence to their hand. So should be conscious before selection...How long is poets length, we don't know but his lucid style of fables introducing in poetry, is unique.

    Pranab k chakraborty
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  • (1/24/2012 4:48:00 AM)

    oh! i was thinking that earthquake pushed balloon to candle flame as the
    house start to crumble... just a thought from once california kid. md
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  • Paul Brookes (1/24/2012 3:46:00 AM)

    All politicians should be made to raed this everyday then maybe they would think twice about starting wars. Great poem. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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