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 King of Waters.King of the Bean (roi de la fève). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
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.   1
“Il était un roi d’Yvetot,
Peu connu dans l’histoire;
Se levant tard, se couchant tot,
Dormant fort bien sans gloire;
Et couronne par Jeanneton
D’un simple bonnet de cotton, Dit on:
Oh ! oh ! oh ! oh ! Ah ! ah ! ah ! ah !
Quel bon petite roi c’était; la ! la ! la !”
A king there was, ‘roi d’Yvetot’ 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.

 King of Waters.King of the Bean (roi de la fève). 


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