Edward Lear's Nonsense Books

Edward Lear's nonsense books complete set - online version

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"On this Coast of Coromandel
Shrimps and watercresses grow, Prawns are plentiful and cheap," Said the Yonghy-Bonghy-B.
"You shall have my chairs and candle,
And my jug without a handle!
Gaze upon the rolling deep (Fish is plentiful and cheap); As the sea, my love is deep!" Said the
Yonghy-Bonghy-B, Said the Yonghy-Bonghy-B.
Lady Jingly answered sadly,
And her tears began to flow, "Your proposal comes too late, Mr. Yonghy-Bonghy-B! I would be
your wife most gladly!"
(Here she twirled her fingers madly,)
"But in England I've a mate! Yes! you've asked me far too late, For in England I've a mate, Mr.
Yonghy-Bonghy-B! Mr. Yonghy-Bonghy-B!
"Mr. Jones (his name is Handel,
Handel Jones, Esquire, & Co.) Dorking fowls delights to send, Mr. Yonghy-Bonghy-B! Keep, oh,
keep your chairs and candle,
And your jug without a handle,
I can merely be your friend! Should my Jones more Dorkings send, I will give you three, my friend!
Mr. Yonghy-Bongy-B! Mr. Yonghy-Bonghy-B!
"Though you've such a tiny body,
And your head so large doth grow, Though your hat may blow away, Mr. Yonghy-Bonghy-B! Though you're such a Hoddy Doddy, Yet I wish that I could modi-fy the words I needs must say! Will you please to go away? That is all I have to say, Mr. Yongby-Bonghy-B! Mr. Yonghy-Bonghy-B!"
Down the slippery slopes of Myrtle,
Where the early pumpkins blow, To the calm and silent sea Fled the Yonghy-Bonghy-B. There,
beyond the Bay of Gurtle,
Lay a large and lively Turtle.
"You're the Cove," he said, "for me; On your back beyond the sea, Turtle, you shall carry me!" Said
the Yonghy-Bonghy-B, Said the Yonghy-Bonghy-B.