Edward Lear's Nonsense Books

Edward Lear's nonsense books complete set - online version

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There was an Old Man of Columbia,
Who was thirsty, and called out for some beer;
But they brought it quite hot, in a small copper
There was a Young Lady of Troy,
Whom several large flies did annoy;
Which disgusted that man of Columbia.
Some she killed with a thump, some she drowned
at the pump,
And some she took with her to Troy.
There was an Old Man in a tree,
Who was horribly bored by a Bee;
When they said, "Does it buzz?" he replied,
"Yes, it does!
It's a regular brute of a Bee."
There was a Young Lady of Hull,
Who was chased by a virulent Bull;
But she seized on a spade, and called out, "Who's
Which distracted that virulent Bull.
There was an Old Lady of Chertsey,
Who made a remarkable curtsey;
She twirled round and round, till she sank
Which distressed all the people of Chertsey.