The twelve days of Christmas

The first verse

The first day of Christmas
My true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree.

And the last

The twelfth day of Christmas
My true love sent to me
Twelve lords a leaping
Eleven ladies dancing
Ten pipers piping
Nine drummers drumming
Eight maids a milking
Seven swans a swimming
Six geese a laying
Five gold rings
Four colly birds
Three French hens
Two turtle doves and
A partridge in a pear tree.

And in between

Each verse between the first and the last adds one new item to the head of the list of gifts.

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Ron Brasington
Department of Linguistic Science
The University of Reading
Reading
UK

E-mail: ron.brasington@rdg.ac.uk