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Edward Lear

His Nose

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There was an Old Man on whose nose Most birds of the air could repose; But they all flew away at the closing of day, Which relieved that Old Man and his nose. Edward Lear

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My Beard

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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.” Edward Lear

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Old Man With A Nose

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There was an Old Man with a nose, Who said, “If you choose to suppose That my nose is too long, you are certainly wrong!” That remarkable Man with a nose. Edward Lear

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Dorking

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There was a Young Lady of Dorking, Who bought a large bonnet for walking; But its color and size so bedazzled her eyes, That she very soon went back to Dorking. Edward Lear

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An Old Person Of Ems

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There was an Old Person of Ems Who casually fell in the Thames; And when he was found, they said he was drowned, That unlucky Old Person of Ems. Edward Lear

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An Old Man Of Columbia

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There was an Old Man of Columbia, Who was thirsty, and called out for some beer; But they brought it quite hot, in a small copper pot, Which disgusted that man of Columbia. Edward Lear

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Cape Horn

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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. Edward Lear

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My Bonnet

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There was a Young Lady whose bonnet Came untied when the birds sate upon it; But she said, “I don’t care! all the birds in the air Are welcome to sit on my bonnet!” Edward Lear

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An Old Person Of Ischia

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There was an Old Person of Ischia, Whose conduct grew friskier and friskier; He danced hornpipes and jigs, and ate thousands of figs, That lively Old Person of Ischia Edward Lear

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Lady Of Bute

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There 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. Edward Lear

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Angry Old Man Of Quebec

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There was an Old Man of Quebec,— A beetle ran over his neck; But he cried, “With a needle I’ll slay you, O beadle!” That angry Old Man of Quebec. Edward Lear

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Lady Of Welling

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There was a Young Lady of Welling, Whose praise all the world was a-telling; She played on the harp, and caught several Carp, That accomplished Young Lady of Welling. Edward Lear

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A Young Lady Of Russia

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There was a Young Lady of Russia, Who screamed so that no one could hush her; Her screams were extreme,—no one heard such a scream As was screamed by that Lady of Russia. Edward Lear

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Whitehaven

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There was an Old Man of Whitehaven, Who danced a quadrille with a Raven; But they said, “It’s absurd to encourage this bird!” So they smashed that Old Man of Whitehaven. Edward Lear

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Lady Of Turkey

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There was a Young Lady of Turkey, Who wept when the weather was murky; When the day turned out fine, she ceased to repine, That capricious Young Lady of Turkey. Edward Lear

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An Old Lady Of Chertsey

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

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