Matilda Who Told Lies, And Was Burned To Death Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


Matilda told such Dreadful LiesA
It made one Gasp and Stretch one's EyesA
Her Aunt who from her Earliest YouthB
Had kept a Strict Regard for TruthB
Attempted to Believe MatildaC
The effort very nearly killed herD
And would have done so had not SheE
Discovered this InfirmityE
For once towards the Close of DayF
Matilda growing tired of playF
And finding she was left aloneG
Went tiptoe to the TelephoneG
And summoned the Immediate AidH
Of London's Noble Fire BrigadeH
Within an hour the Gallant BandI
Were pouring in on every handI
From Putney Hackney Downs and BowJ
With Courage high and Hearts a glowK
They galloped roaring through the TownL
'Matilda's House is Burning Down 'M
Inspired by British Cheers and LoudN
Proceeding from the Frenzied CrowdN
They ran their ladders through a scoreO
Of windows on the Ball Room FloorO
And took Peculiar Pains to SouseA
The Pictures up and down the HouseA
Until Matilda's Aunt succeededP
In showing them they were not neededP
And even then she had to payF
To get the Men to go awayF
It happened that a few Weeks laterD
Her Aunt was off to the TheatreD
To see that Interesting PlayF
The Second Mrs TanquerayF
She had refused to take her NieceA
To hear this Entertaining PieceA
A Deprivation Just and WiseA
To Punish her for Telling LiesA
That Night a Fire did break outQ
You should have heard Matilda ShoutQ
You should have heard her Scream and BawlR
And throw the window up and callR
To People passing in the StreetS
The rapidly increasing HeatS
Encouraging her to obtainT
Their confidence but all in vainT
For every time she shouted 'Fire 'M
They only answered 'Little Liar 'M
And therefore when her Aunt returnedU
Matilda and the House were BurnedU

Hilaire Belloc


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