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|As a part of our Edward Lear section, we present this additional selection of some of his famous limericks, which were published after his original 'A Book of Nonsense'. Section 2 consists of twelve classic limericks.|
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There was an old man in a barge,
Whose nose was exceedingly large;
But in fishing by night,
It supported a light,
Which helped that old man in a barge.
There was an old man of Port Grigor,
Whose actions were noted for vigour;
He stood on his head
Till his waistcoat turned red,
That eclectic old man of Port Grigor.
There was an old man of Dunrose;
A parrot seized hold of his nose.
When he grew melancholy,
They said, "His name's Polly,"
Which soothed that old man of Dunrose.
There was an old man of El Hums,
Who lived upon nothing but crumbs,
Which he picked off the ground,
With the other birds round,
In the roads and the lanes of El Hums.
There was an old man of Toulouse
Who purchased a new pair of shoes;
When they asked, "Are they pleasant?"
He said, "Not at present!"
That turbid old man of Toulouse.
There was an old man of West Dumpet,
Who possessed a large nose like a trumpet;
When he blew it aloud,
It astonished the crowd,
And was heard through the whole of West Dumpet.
There was an old person of Bree,
Who frequented the depths of the sea;
She nurs'd the small fishes,
And washed all the dishes,
And swam back again into Bree.
There was an old person of Sark,
Who made an unpleasant remark;
But they said, "Don't you see
What a brute you must be,
You obnoxious old person of Sark!"
There was an old person of Bromley,
Whose ways were not cheerful or comely;
He sate in the dust,
Eating spiders and crust,
That unpleasing old person of Bromley.
There was an old man whose despair
Induced him to purchase a hare:
Whereon one fine day
He rode wholly away,
Which partly assuaged his despair.
There was an old person of Shields,
Who frequented the vallies and fields;
All the mice and the cats,
And the snakes and the rats,
Followed after that person of Shields.
There was an old person of Barnes,
Whose garments were covered with darns;
But they said, "Without doubt,
You will soon wear them out,
You luminous person of Barnes!"