by Anonymous / Unidentified Author
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

The Lion and the Unicorn
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
The Lion and the Unicorn were fighting for the crown:
The Lion beat the Unicorn all round the town.
Some gave them white bread, some gave them brown:
Some gave them plum-cake and drummed them out of town.


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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le lion et la licorne", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2007-05-08
Line count: 4
Word count: 38

Le lion et la licorne
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Le lion et la licorne se battaient pour la couronne ;
Le lion frappa la licorne tout autour de la ville.
On leur donna du pain blanc, on leur donna du pain brun,
On leur donna du gâteau et on les chassa de la ville au son du tambour.


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This text was added to the website: 2016-12-27
Line count: 4
Word count: 49