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St. George and the Dragon, London, England Photo © Robin Simpson

Beasties

'This dragon had two furious wings
One upon each shoulder,
With a sting in his tail as long as a flail,
Which made him bolder and bolder;
He had long claws,
And in his jaws,
Four and fifty teeth of iron
With a hide as tough
As any buff,
Which did him round inviron.'

The Dragon of Wantley
Traditional ballad

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Also see: Fabulous Beasts in Heraldry