Edward Lear's Nonsense Books

Edward Lear's nonsense books complete set - online version

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W was a Watch of Gold:                                       X was King Xerxes, whom
It told the time of day, So that Papa knew when to    Papa much wished to know; But this he could
come,                                                                   not do, because
And when to go away.                                            Xerxes died long ago.
Y was a Youth, who kicked
And screamed and cried like mad; Papa he said,
"Your conduct is
Abominably bad!"
Z was a Zebra striped
And streaked with lines of black; Papa said
once, he thought he'd like
A ride upon his back.