Edward Lear's Nonsense Books

Edward Lear's nonsense books complete set - online version

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There was an Old Man of the Nile,
Who sharpened his nails with a file,                    There was a Young Lady of Dorking,
Till he cut off his thumbs, and said calmly, "This Who bought a large bonnet for walking; comes                                                               But its color and size so bedazzled her eyes,
Of sharpening one's nails with a file!"                  That she very soon went back to Dorking.
There was an Old Man of Cape Horn, Who wished he had never been born; So he sat on a Chair till he died of despair, That dolorous Man of Cape Horn.
There was an Old Man of th' Abruzzi,
So blind that he couldn't his foot see;
When they said, "That's your toe," he replied, "Is
it so?"
That doubtful Old Man of th' Abruzzi.