Edward Lear's Nonsense Books

Edward Lear's nonsense books complete set - online version

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There was an Old Man who supposed
That the street door was partially closed;
But some very large Rats ate his coats and his
hats,
While that futile Old Gentleman dozed.
There was a Young Lady of Welling, Whose praise all the world was a-telling; She played on the harp, and caught several Carp, That accomplished Young Lady of Welling.
There was an Old Person whose habits
Induced him to feed upon Rabbits;
When he'd eaten eighteen, he turned perfectly
green,
Upon which he relinquished those habits.
There was an Old Person of Tartary,
Who divided his jugular artery;
But he screeched to his Wife, and she said, "Oh,
my life!
Your death will be felt by all Tartary!"