Edward Lear's Nonsense Books

Edward Lear's nonsense books complete set - online version

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There was an Old Man with a nose,
Who said, "If you choose to suppose
That my nose is too long, you are certainly
That remarkable Man with a nose.
There was an Old Man on some rocks,
Who shut his Wife up in a box:
When she said, "Let me out," he exclaimed,
"Without doubt
You will pass all your life in that box."
There was an Old Person of Rheims, Who was troubled with horrible dreams; So to keep him awake they fed him with cake, Which amused that Old Person of Rheims.
There was a Young Person of Smyrna, Whose Grandmother threatened to burn her; But she seized on the Cat, and said, "Granny, burn that! You incongruous Old Woman of Smyrna!"