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King of Yvetot (pron. Ev-to)


A man of mighty pretensions but small merits. Yvetot is near Rouen, and was once a seigneurie, the possessors of which were entitled kings—a title given them in 534 by Clotaire I., and continued far into the fourteenth century.

“Il était un roi dʹYvetot,

Peu connu dans lʹhistoire;

Se levant tard, se couchant tot,

Dormant fort bien sans gloire;

Et couronne par Jeanneton

Dʹun simple bonnet de cotton, Dit on:

Oh ! oh ! oh ! oh ! Ah ! ah ! ah ! ah !

Quel bon petite roi cʹétait; la ! la ! la !”

A king there was, ‘roi dʹYvetotʹ clept,

But little known in story,

Went soon to bed, till daylight slept,

And soundly without glory;

His royal brow in cotton cap

Would Janet, when he took his nap, Enwrap.

Oh ! oh ! oh ! oh ; Ah ! ah ! ah ! ah !

A famous king he ! La ! la ! la—

E. C. B.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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