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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, Earnest 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 Earnest started trumpeting, and cracked his manger, Leonard started roaring, and shivered his stall, James gave a huffle of a snail in danger And nobody heard him at all. Earnest started trumpeting and raised such a rumpus, Leonard started roaring and trying to kick, James went on a journey with the goats 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.
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