Baby Songs The Lion and the Unicorn

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The song date back in the year 1603 when Scotland was under King James VI. It was during this period of time that King James VI decided to bring Scotland and English kingdoms together. He then became King James 1. It is then understood that Queen Elizabeth 1 named the son of the queen of Scotland as her heir. The child was James. In addition, many historians believe that the union of the two kingdoms was very important. The king had to be given the ‘The Lion and the Unicorn’ which was a cloth to identify the union.  The poem is basically based on this union.


The Lion and the Unicorn Lyrics


The original version is:

The lion and the unicorn
Were fighting for the crown
The lion beat the unicorn
All around the town.
Some gave them white bread,
And some gave them brown;
Some gave them plum cake
and drummed them out of town

There is only one other surviving verse and it is as follows:

And when he had beat him out,
He beat him in again;
He beat him three times over,
His power to maintain

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