Diddily Dee Dot's Dreamland for Children Everywhere
Fri, 14 May 2010
"Hey guess what ?" I have just found some real moving UNICORNS...!! Come inside Dreamland and see them all."|
Unicorn Tales with a
I don't think many of you would have seen a real Unicorn apart from in stories and songs but what about Unicorn Sheep! It was said that once there was a breed of sheep that lived in Nepal, and although two horns grew on it's head, they grew in such a way that they formed just one single curved horn.
Sadly no one has ever seen one of these sheep, though they were mentioned in Arthur Mee's 1931 Children's Cyclopedia Vol 2 - page 1285. He also writes that; so long did this horn sometimes grow, that the end of it had to be cut off to prevent it stabbing into the poor sheep's back.
Another story tells that the ancient Greek author, Ctesias, wrote in his writings of a white beast resembling a horse, exceedingly swift, and with one straight horn a cubit and a half long. It was called the Unicorn, and was supposed to live in India , while it is mentioned several times in the Bible. Though extremely like a horse , the rhinoceros is believed to have been responsible for the legend. However the Unicorn, for some unknown reason, was adopted as a badge by the Scottish Kings, and, when England and Scotland were united under James I, it was added to the arms of the United Kingdom. It was regarded generally as a symbol of purity , but when used in the decoration of drinking cups it is a sign of the ancient belief of the efficacy of the unicorn's horn against poisoning.
The Lion and the Unicorn Rhyme
Nursery Rhyme & History
Origins of "The Lion and the Unicorn" in British history
Lion and the Unicorn lyrics date from 1603 when
King James VI of
Scotland became James I of England unifying the
Scottish and English
kingdoms . The 'Virgin Queen' Elizabeth 1 named the
son of Mary Queen
of Scots, James, as her heir. The union of the two
countries required a
new royal coat of arms combining those of England
which featured two
lions, and Scotland whose coat of arms
featured two Unicorns hence
"The lion and the unicorn". A compromise was made
thus the British coat
of arms has one Lion and one Unicorn and the
poem about hence "The Lion
and the Unicorn" was created.
picture depicts the Lion ( with the crown) and the
Unicorn Coat of
Arms. The centre of the Arms depicts the lions of
England in the first
and fourth quarters, the lion of Scotland in the
second and the Harp of
Ireland in the third quarter.
The motto around the
" Evil to him who evil thinks"
which relates to the Order of the Garter.
motto at the bottom means:
" God and my Right
AND THE RHYME IS;
The lion and the unicorn were fighting for
The lion beat the unicorn all around
Some gave them white bread, and some
gave them brown;
Some gave them plum cake and
drummed them out of town.
AND HERE ARE SOME
UNICORNS ESPECIALLY FOR YOU.
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