Edward Lear's Nonsense Books

Edward Lear's nonsense books complete set - online version

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There was a Young Lady whose nose
Was so long that it reached to her toes;
So she hired an Old Lady, whose conduct was
steady,
To carry that wonderful nose.
There was an Old Person of Chester,
Whom several small children did pester;
They threw some large stones, which broke most
of his bones,
And displeased that Old Person of Chester.
There was a Young Lady of Norway,
Who casually sat in a doorway;
When the door squeezed her flat, she exclaimed,
"What of that?"
This courageous Young Lady of Norway.
There was an Old Man of the Cape,
Who possessed a large Barbary Ape;
Till the Ape, one dark night, set the house all
alight,
Which burned that Old Man of the Cape.
There was an Old Man of Apulia, Whose conduct was very peculiar; He fed twenty sons upon nothing but buns, That whimsical Man of Apulia.