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Horace Hugo Quinquartet | 06-Nov-08

Does anyone know this poem learnt by an enquirer over 60 years ago for a school prize giving?

Horace Hugo Quinquartet

The cleverest child I ever met
Was Horace Hugo Quinquartet.
But though so quick and very clever,
One thing he couldn't learn however-
He couldn't learn the Golden Rule
"Who has no fun becomes a fool"
And so he wouldn't run and play
But sat at lessons all the day.

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Do you know this poem? Do you have any clues to help us find it?


This sounds like one of Hilaire Belloc's Cautionary Verses but is not in the 1940 (often reprinted) edition - an imitation perhaps?
Anne Bingley

Probably written by Carl Huson (1903-1984). A recording of him reading this poem seems to be preserved in the Sound Archive of the Essex Record Office among other recordings of his own works.
I. Milfull

I believe my father Carl Huson wrote this verse. I recall him reciting it to me when I was a child.

Paul Huson
Paul Huson

My aunt, who just passed, used to recite this poem, but there were many more verses. Unfortunately, I didn't write any of them down.

She was from Lancashire England and learned the poem as a child. She was born in 1921
Sylvia Summers

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