Explication on the BIRTHDAY of One dear to R. C. de L.B.

Explication
on
the BIRTHDAY
of One dear to
R. C. de L.B.

I’m a very young bear
And my income is small ,
Though my prospects are fair
I’m a very young bear :
Had I worlds to my share
I would give you them all —
I’m a very young bear
And my income is small .

So I make bold to say ,
“Happy Birthday , dear Jean !”
It’s your birthday today ,
So I make bold to say
“Take this sweet-heart , be gay. ”
Of sweet hearts you’re the queen ,
So I make bold to say
“Happy Birthday , dear Jean !”

Given under my paw this
eleventh day of June Anº Dº
nineteen hundred and fifty two
[1952]
Yours truly

R. C. de L. B.
[Richard Coeur de Lion Bear, gent .]

On the reverse near the seal To the white hands of the Lion heart’s dear lady , This and the love of a King’s son Richard .

[at top , in a heart ,
xi . vi
mcmlii]