Mary Howitt wrote "The Lion". She also wrote the well-known poem called "The Spider and The Fly".

The Lion - (By Mary Howitt) - English Children's Songs - England - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image

Notes

I personally prefer the poem with just the 1st verse. Here's the second verse:

Lion, thou art made to dwell
In hot lands, intractable,
And thyself, the sun, the sand,
Are a tyrannous triple band;
Lion-king and desert throne,
All the region is your own!

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Illustration by Helen Bannerman.