Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE MICROBE, by HILAIRE BELLOC

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First Line: The microbe is so very small
Last Line: What nobody is sure about!
Alternate Author Name(s): Belloc, Joseph Hilaire Pierre Rene
Subject(s): Germs; Microscopes

THE Microbe is so very small
You cannot make him out at all,
But many sanguine people hope
To see him through a microscope.
His jointed tongue that lies beneath
A hundred curious rows of teeth;
His seven tufted tails with lots
Of lovely pink and purple spots
On each of which a pattern stands,
Composed of forty separate bands;
His eyebrows of a tender green;
All these have never yet been seen --
But Scientists, who ought to know,
Assure us that they must be so. . . .
Oh! let us never, never doubt
What nobody is sure about!

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