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First Line: Ronsard, the gay devil, ran under the guns!
Last Line: And the little pierrot!
Subject(s): Ronsard, Pierre De (1524-1585)


RONSARD, the gay devil, ran under the guns!
He'd be off if you bade him to pluck at the suns.
Quoth the little Pierrot, "Will you see how he runs! "
He jumped up and down in delight at the show --
"I could do it myself," cried the little Pierrot.
Who won the day?
Phillippe and Landre!
These laughed at the fray!
Bonaparte? No!
Who won the day?
Jacques and Stoffiet!
Ronsard and Rene
And the little Pierrot.
Jacques waved a girl's kerchief high over his head.
"They can see me the better," he merrily said.
Quoth the little Pierrot, "Will he laugh when he 's dead?"
He had only been kissed by his mother, but -- "Oh!
I could do it myself! " cried the little Pierrot.
Phillippe and Landre!
These laughed at the fray!
Bonaparte? No!
Who won the day?
Jacques and Stofliet!
Ronsard and Rene
And the little Pierrot!
Pierrot laughed aloud. "So little?" says he!
"If the chance is so small the Lord sized it for me! "
They had held the lad back, but he begged to be free.
He cried like a child for his toy, and so
They must needs give his death to the little Pierrot.
Who won the day?
Phillippe and Landre!
These laughed at the fray!
Bonaparte? No!
Who won the day?
Jacques and Stofflet!
Ronsard and Rene
And the little Pierrot!






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