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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- by (Joseph) Hilaire Belloc (1870 - 1953), "The lion", appears in The Bad Child's Book of Beasts, first published 1896 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by Donald James Martino (1931 - 2005), "The lion", 1952, from From "The Bad Child's Book of Beasts", no. 1 [sung text not yet checked]
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