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The Lion

The Lion, the Lion, he dwells in the Waste,

He has a big head and a very small waist:

But his shoulders are stark, and his jaws they are grim,

And a good little child will not play with him.

 

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The Tiger

The Tiger, on the other hand,

Is kittenish and mild,

And makes a pretty playfellow

For any little child.

And mothers of large families

(Who claim to common sense)

Will find a tiger well repays

The trouble and expense.

Following on from my last post (see A.E. Housman The African Lion), I had forgotten Hilaire Belloc’s poems about lions (and tigers) see above. He also wrote the story of Jim, who if you remember, got eaten by a lion. See separate post.  I always did like cats.