Edward Lear's Nonsense Books

Edward Lear's nonsense books complete set - online version

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There was an Old Man of Quebec,—
A beetle ran over his neck;
But he cried, "With a needle I'll slay you, O
That angry Old Man of Quebec.
There was an Old Person of Burton, Whose answers were rather uncertain; When they said, "How d' ye do?" he replied, "Who are you?" That distressing Old Person of Burton.
There was an Old Person of Ems There was a Young Lady of Bute,
Who casually fell in the Thames; Who played on a silver-gilt flute;
And when he was found, they said he was She played several jigs to her Uncle's white Pigs:
drowned, That amusing Young Lady of Bute.
That unlucky Old Person of Ems.
There was an Old Person of Philœ,
Whose conduct was scroobious and wily;
He rushed up a Palm when the weather was
And observed all the ruins of Philœ.
There was a Young Girl of Majorca,
Whose Aunt was a very fast walker;
She walked seventy miles, and leaped fifteen
Which astonished that Girl of Majorca.