By Edward Lear

From the benighted previous guy with a Beard to the erudite Perpendicular crimson Polly, Edward Lear's global is inhabited by way of a bewildering number of oddities. one of many world's so much enjoyed writers, Lear's verse has extremely joyful entire generations of readers. the following, after one hundred forty years, is the unique version of A publication of Nonsense, from the unique publishers. whole with Lear's personal amazing illustrations, this treasure trove of nonsense is certain to carry readers spellbound for generations extra!

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There was an Old Man of Kamschatka, who possessed a remarkably fat cur; His gait and his waddle, were held as a model, To all the fat dogs in Kamschatka. A book of nonsense 42 There was an Old Man of the Coast, who placidly sat on a post; But when it was cold, he relinquished his hold, And called for some hot buttered toast. There was an Old Person of Bangor, whose face was distorted with anger; He tore off his boots, and subsisted on roots, That borascible person of Bangor. A book of nonsense 43 There was an Old Man with a beard, who sat on a horse when he reared; But they said, “Never mind!

So they smashed that Old Man of Whitehaven. There was an Old Man of Leghorn, the smallest as ever was born; But quickly snapt up he, was once by a puppy, Who devoured that Old Man of Leghorn. There was an Old Man of the Hague, whose ideas were excessively vague; He built a balloon, to examine the moon, That deluded Old Man of the Hague. A book of nonsense 39 There was an Old Man of Jamaica, who suddenly married a Quaker! But she cried out—“O lack! ” Which distressed that Old Man of Jamaica. There was an old person of Dutton, whose head was so small as a button; So to make it look big, he purchased a wig, And rapidly rushed about Dutton.

That doubtful old Man of th’ Abruzzi. A book of nonsense 26 There was an Old Person of Rhodes, who strongly objected to toads; He paid several cousins, to catch them by dozens, That futile Old Person of Rhodes. There was an Old Man of Peru, who watched his wife making a stew; But once by mistake, in a stove she did bake, That unfortunate Man of Peru. A book of nonsense 27 There was an Old Man of Melrose, who walked on the tips of his toes; But they said, “It ain’t pleasant, to see you at present, You stupid Old Man of Melrose.

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