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 gong,
There was an Old Man of Jamaica, Who bumped at it all the day long;
Who suddenly married a Quaker; But they called out, "Oh, law! you're a horrid old
But she cried out, "Oh, lack! I have married a bore!"
black!" So they smashed that Old Man with a gong.
Which distressed that Old Man of Jamaica.
There was an Old Man of Kilkenny, Who never had more than a penny; He spent all that money in onions and honey, That wayward Old Man of Kilkenny.
There was an Old Man who said, "How Shall I flee from this horrible Cow? I will sit on this stile, and continue to smile, Which may soften the heart of that Cow."