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Limericks by Edward Lear (1812-1888)

There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, 'It is just as I feared!
 Two Owls and a Hen,
 four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!'

* * * * *

There was a Young Lady of Ryde,
Whose shoe-strings were seldom untied.
 She purchased some clogs,
 and some small spotted dogs,
And frequently walked about Ryde.

* * * * *

There was an Old Man on a hill,
Who seldom, if ever, stood still;
 He ran up and down,
 in his Grandmother's gown,
Which adorned that Old Man on a hill.

* * * * *

There was an Old Lady of Chertsey,
Who made a remarkable curtsey;
 She twirled round and round,
 till she sunk underground,
Which distressed all the people of Chertsey.

* * * * *

There was an Old Man with a owl,
Who continued to bother and howl;
 He sat on a rail
 and imbibed bitter ale,
Which refreshed that Old Man and his owl.

* * * * *

There was an Old Person of Burton,
Whose answers were rather uncertain;
 When they said, 'How d'ye do?'
 he replied, 'Who are you?'
That distressing Old Person of Burton.

* * * * *

There was an Old Person of Ewell,
Who chiefly subsisted on gruel;
 But to make it more nice
 he inserted some mice,
Which refreshed that Old Person of Ewell.

* * * * *

There was a Young Lady of Parma,
Whose conduct grew calmer and calmer;
 When they said, 'Are you dumb?'
 she merely said, 'Hum!'
That provoking Young Lady of Parma.

* * * * *

There was a Young Lady of Clare,
Who was sadly pursued by a bear;
 When she found she was tired,
 she abruptly expired,
That unfortunate Lady of Clare.

* * * * *

There was a Young Lady whose chin,
Resembled the point of a pin;
 So she had it made sharp,
 and purchased a harp,
And played several tunes with her chin.

* * * * *

There was an Old Man of Kilkenny,
Who never had more than a penny;
 He spent all that money,
 in onions and honey,
That wayward Old Man of Kilkenny.

* * * * *

There was an Old Man in a boat,
Who said, 'I'm afloat, I'm afloat!'
 When they said, 'No! you ain't!'
 he was ready to faint,
That unhappy Old Man in a boat.

* * * * *

There was an Old Man of Moldavia,
Who had the most curious behaviour;
 For while he was able,
 he slept on a table.
That funny Old Man of Moldavia.

* * * * *

There was an Old Man who supposed,
That the street door was partially closed;
 But some very large rats,
 ate his coats and his hats,
While that futile old gentleman dozed.

* * * * *

There was a Young Lady of Norway,
Who casually sat on a doorway;
 When the door squeezed her flat,
 she exclaimed, 'What of that?'
This courageous Young Lady of Norway.

* * * * *

There was an Old Man of Vienna,
Who lived upon Tincture of Senna;
 When that did not agree,
 he took Camomile Tea,
That nasty Old Man of Vienna.

* * * * *

There was an Old Person of Dover,
Who rushed through a field of blue Clover;
 But some very large bees,
 stung his nose and his knees,
So he very soon went back to Dover.

* * * * *

The was a Young Lady of Bute,
Who played on a silver-gilt flute;
 She played several jigs,
 to her uncle's white pigs,
That amusing Young Lady of Bute.

* * * * *

There was a Young Lady whose nose,
Was so long that it reached to her toes;
 So she hired an Old Lady,
 whose conduct was steady,
To carry that wonderful nose.

* * * * *

There was an Old Man of Apulia,
Whose conduct was very peculiar
 He fed twenty sons,
 upon nothing but buns,
That whimsical Man of Apulia.


* * * * *

There was an Old Man of Nepaul,
From his horse had a terrible fall;
 But, though split quite in two,
 by some very strong glue,
They mended that Man of Nepaul.

* * * * *

There was an Old Person of Rhodes,
Who strongly objected to toads;
 He paid several cousins,
 to catch them by the dozens,
That futile Old Person of Rhodes.

* * * * *

There was an Old Man of Peru,
Who watched his wife making a stew;
 But once by mistake,
 in a stove she did bake,
That unfortunate Man of Peru.

* * * * *

There was a Young Lady of Lucca,
Whose lovers completely forsook her;
 She ran up a tree,
 and said, 'Fiddle-de-dee!'
Which embarassed the people of Lucca.

* * * * *

There was an Old Man of Cape Horn,
Who wished he had never been born;
 So he sat on a chair,
 till he died of despair,
That dolorous Man of Cape Horn.

* * * * *

There was an Old Lady whose folly,
Induced her to sit on a holly;
 Whereon by a thorn,
 her dress being torn,
She quickly became melancholy.


* * * * *

There was an Old Man of the Dee,
Who was sadly annoyed by a flea;
 When he said, 'I will scratch it,'
 they gave him a hatchet,
Which grieved that Old Man of the Dee.
* * * * *

There was a Young Lady of Hull,
Who was chased by a virulent bull;
 But she seized on a spade,
 and called out, 'Who's afraid?'
Which distracted that virulent bull.

* * * * *


There was an Old Person of Dutton,
Whose head was as small as a button,
 So, to make it look big,
 he purchased a wig,
And rapidly rushed about Dutton.

* * * * *

There was a Young Lady of Tyre,
Who swept the loud chords of a lyre;
 At the sound of each sweep
 she enraptured the deep,
And enchanted the city of Tyre.

* * * * *

There was an Old Man of the coast,
Who placidly sat on a post;
 But when it was cold
 he relinquished his hold
And called for some hot buttered toast.

* * * * *

There was a Young Lady of Troy,
Whom several large flies did annoy;
 Some she killed with a thump,
 some she drowned at the pump,
And some she took with her to Troy.

* * * * *



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Hi Lori, the first one you have here is one of my favorites. I have a couple of others I like.
Blessings
Bren


There was a young fellow named Fisher,
Who was fishing for fish in a fissure,
When a cod with a grin
Pulled the fisherman in;
Now they're fishing the fissure for Fisher.

By Edward Lear.

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Another one he wrote that's fun is "The Owl And The Pussy-cat"

Here is a portion.

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat;
They took some honey and plenty of money
Wrapped up in a five-pound note............

By Edward Lear
 
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