Enfantillages du Professeur Alemani*

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The Three Foxes

Once upon a time there were three little foxes
Who didn't wear stockings, and they didn't wear sockses,
But they all had handkerchiefs to blow their noses,
And they kept their handkerchiefs in cardboard boxes.

They lived in the forest in three little houses,
And they didn't wear coats, and they didn't wear trousies.
They ran through the woods on their little bare tootsies,
And they played “Touch last” with a family of mouses.
They didn't go shopping in the High Street shopses,
But caught what they wanted in the woods and copses.
They all went fishing, and they caught three wormses,
They went out hunting, and they caught three wopses.
They went to a Fair, and they all won prizes—
Three plum-puddingses and three mince-pieses.
They rode on elephants and swang on swingses,
And hit three coco-nuts at coco-nut shieses.
That's all that I know of the three little foxes
Who kept their handkerchiefs in cardboard boxes.
They lived in the forest in three little houses,
But they didn't wear coats and they didn't wear trousies,
And they didn't wear stockings and they didn't wear sockses.

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The Four Friends

Ernest was an elephant, a great big fellow,
   Leonard was a lion with a six-foot tail,
George was a goat, and his beard was yellow,
      And James was a very small snail.
Leonard had a stall, and a great big strong one,
   Ernest had a manger, and its walls were thick,
George found a pen, but I think it was the wrong one,
      And James sat down on a brick.
Ernest started trumpeting, and cracked his manger,
   Leonard started roaring, and shivered his stall,
James gave the huffle of a snail in danger
      And nobody heard him at all.
Ernest started trumpeting and raised such a rumpus,
   Leonard started roaring and trying to kick,
James went a journey with the goat's new compass
      And he reached the end of his brick.
Ernest was an elephant and very well-intentioned,
   Leonard was a lion with a brave new tail,
George was a goat, as I think I have mentioned,
      But James was only a snail.


* Nargamana.

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