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Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931)

The Lion


              1The Lion is a kingly beast.
              2He likes a Hindu for a feast.
              3And if no Hindu he can get,
              4The lion-family is upset.

              5He cuffs his wife and bites her ears
              6Till she is nearly moved to tears.
              7Then some explorer finds the den
              8And all is family peace again.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Vachel Lindsay, Collected Poems (New York: Macmillan, 1923): 263.
First publication date: 1914
Publication date note: Tuck's Magazine (Winter 1914)
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/21

Composition date: 1914
Rhyme: aabb


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