Edward Lear's Nonsense Books

Edward Lear's nonsense books complete set - online version

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There was an old person in black,
A Grasshopper jumped on his back;
When it chirped in his ear, he was smitten with
That helpless old person in black.
There was an old person of Cannes,
Who purchased three fowls and a fan;
Those she placed on a stool, and to make them feel
She constantly fanned them at Cannes.
There was an old man of the Dargle Who purchased six barrels of Gargle; For he said, "I'll sit still, and will roll them down hill, For the fish in the depths of the Dargle."
There was an old person of Ickley, Who could not abide to ride quickly; He rode to Karnak on a tortoise's back, That moony old person of Ickley.