Edward Lear's Nonsense Books

Edward Lear's nonsense books complete set - online version

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There was an Old Person of Hurst, Who drank when he was not athirst; When they said, "You'll grow fatter!" he answered "What matter?" That globular Person of Hurst.
There was an Old Person of Gretna,
Who rushed down the crater of Etna;
When they said, "Is it hot?" he replied, "No, it's
That mendacious Old Person of Gretna.
There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who sat on a Horse when he reared;
But they said, "Never mind! you will fall off
You propitious Old Man with a beard!"
There was an Old Man of Madras,
Who rode on a cream-colored Ass;
But the length of its ears so promoted his fears,
That it killed that Old Man of Madras.