…about 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.
~ When We Were Very Young