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First Line: As a friend to the children commend me the yak
Last Line: (I cannot be positive which.)
Alternate Author Name(s): Belloc, Joseph Hilaire Pierre Rene
Subject(s): Animals; Yaks

As a friend to the children commend me the Yak.
You will find it exactly the thing:
It will carry and fetch, you can ride on its back,
Or lead it about with a string.

The Tartar who dwells on the plains of Tibet
(A desolate region of snow)
Has for centuries made it a nursery pet,
And surely the Tartar should know!

Then tell your papa where the Yak can be got,
And if he is awfully rich
He will buy you the creature -- or else he will not.
(I cannot be positive which.)

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