Edward Lear's Nonsense Books

Edward Lear's nonsense books complete set - online version

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There was an old person of Crowle,
Who lived in the nest of an owl;
When they screamed in the nest, he screamed out
with the rest,
That depressing old person of Crowle.
There was a young person in red,
Who carefully covered her head,
With a bonnet of leather, and three lines of
Besides some long ribands of red.
There was an old person of Hove,
Who frequented the depths of a grove;
Where he studied his books, with the wrens and
the rooks,
That tranquil old person of Hove.
There was an old Lady of Winchelsea,
Who said, "If you needle or pin shall see
On the floor of my room, sweep it up with the
That exhaustive old Lady of Winchelsea!
There was a young person in pink,
There was an old man in a tree,
Whose whiskers were lovely to see;
But the birds of the air pluck'd them perfectly bare,