Edward Lear's Nonsense Books

Edward Lear's nonsense books complete set - online version

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Or a bowl? or a glass? or a cup? or a mug?
Does he beat his wife with a gold-topped pipe, When she lets the gooseberries grow too ripe,
Does he wear a white tie when he dines with friends, And tie it neat in a bow with ends,
Does he like new cream, and hate mince-pies? When he looks at the sun does he wink his eyes,
Does he teach his subjects to roast and bake? Does he sail about on an inland lake,
Some one, or nobody, knows I wot Who or which or why or what
or ROT, The Akond of Swat?
or a KNOT, The Akond of Swat?
or NOT, The Akond of Swat?
in a YACHT, The Akond of Swat?
Is the Akond of Swat!
NOTE.—For the existence of this potentate see Indian newspapers, passim. The proper way to read the verses is to make an immense emphasis on the monosyllabic rhymes, which indeed ought to be shouted out by a chorus.
Armchairia Comfortabilis Bassia Palealensis Bubblia Blowpipia Bluebottlia Buzztilentia Crabbia Horrida Smalltoothcombia Domestica Knutmigrata Simplice Tureenia Ladlecum Puffia Leatherbellowsa Queeriflora