Edward Lear's Nonsense Books

Edward Lear's nonsense books complete set - online version

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There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, "It is just as I feared! There was an Old Man of Corfu,
Two Owls and a Hen, four Larks and a Wren, Who never knew what he should do;
Have all built their nests in my beard." So he rushed up and down, till the sun made him
brown,
That bewildered Old Man of Corfu.
There was an Old Man of Vesuvius,
Who studied the works of Vitruvius;
When the flames burnt his book, to drinking he
took,
That morbid Old Man of Vesuvius.
There was a Young Lady whose eyes
Were unique as to color and size;
When she opened them wide, people all turned
aside,
And started away in surprise.