Edward Lear's Nonsense Books

Edward Lear's nonsense books complete set - online version

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jQr There was an old man whose despair ^sc-^*^* Induced him to purchase a hare:
Whereon one fine day he rode wholly away, Which partly assuaged his despair.
There was an old person of Bromley, Whose ways were not cheerful or comely; He sate in the dust, eating spiders and crust, That unpleasing old person of Bromley.
There was an old person of Shields,
Who frequented the vallies and fields;
All the mice and the cats, and the snakes and
the rats,
Followed after that person of Shields.
There was an old person of Barnes,
Whose garments were covered with darns;
But they said, "Without doubt, you will soon wear
them out,
You luminous person of Barnes!"