Before I set up the Hilaire Belloc blog I sought advice from people who know far, far more more about Belloc than I do. One of the sages, I consulted, suggesting avoiding 'Distributism' and the 'Cautionary Verses'. This was not so much because these things are not interesting, but because those of us who are Bellocians hear so much about them that they almost detract from the substance of his writings. So, I have held off for over two years. But now I must subject at least one person to a charming You Tube rendition of 'Matilda'. Not least because we did recite some of the Verses at Belloc's grave (during the recent 'Belloc Day' in West Grinstead):
The Cautionary Verses are still in print which, of course, testifies to their enduring appeal. I suppose they are a good example of Belloc in populist mode: using a specific genre to popularise a basic moral code of conduct with his inventive little twists.