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The Table and the Chair


by Edward Lear

I

Said the Table to the Chair,
‘You can hardly be aware,
‘How I suffer from the heat,
‘And from chilblains on my feet!
‘If we took a little walk,
‘We might have a little talk!
‘Pray let us take the air!’
Said the Table to the Chair.

II

Said the Chair unto the Table,
‘Now you know we are not able!
‘How foolishly you talk,
‘When you know we cannot walk!’
Said the Table, with a sigh,
‘It can do no harm to try,
‘I’ve as many legs as you,
‘Why can’t we walk on two?’

III

So they both went slowly down,
And walked about the town
With a cheerful bumpy sound,
As they toddled round and round.
And everybody cried,
As they hastened to their side,
‘See! the Table and the Chair
‘Have come out to take the air!’

IV

But in going down an alley,
To a castle in a valley,
They completely lost their way,
And wandered all the day,
Till, to see them safely back,
They paid a Ducky-quack,
And a Beetle, and a Mouse,
Who took them to their house.

V

Then they whispered to each other,
‘O delightful little brother!
‘What a lovely walk we’ve taken!
‘Let us dine on Beans and Bacon!’
So the Ducky, and the leetle
Browny-Mousy and the Beetle
Dined, and danced upon their heads
Till they toddled to their beds.

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December 7, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

National Limerick Day

Happy National Limerick Day!

The limerick packs laughs anatomical
Into space that is quite economical.
But the good ones I’ve seen
So seldom are clean
And the clean ones so seldom are comical.

May 12, 2015 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

There was an Old Person whose habits

by Edward Lear

There was an Old Person whose habits

There was an Old Person whose habits,
Induced him to feed upon rabbits;
When he’d eaten eighteen,
He turned perfectly green,
Upon which he relinquished those habits.

April 4, 2014 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

A Book of Nonsense

Nonsense

April 13, 2013 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

The Duck and the Kangaroo

by Edward Lear

Said the Duck to the Kangaroo,
“Good gracious, how you hop
Over the fields and the water, too,
As if you would never stop!
My life is a bore in this nasty pond;
And I long to go out in the world beyond:
I wish I could hop like you,”
said the Duck to the Kangaroo.

“Please give me a ride on your back,”
Said the Duck to the Kangaroo:
I would sit quite still, and say nothing but ‘Quack,’
The whole of the long day through;
And we’d go the Dee, and the Jelly Bo Lee,
Over the land, and over the sea:
Please take me a ride! Oh, do!”
Said the Duck to the Kangaroo.

Said the Kangaroo, “I’m ready,
All in the moonlight pale;
But to balance me well, dear Duck, sit steady,
And quite at the end of my tail.”
So away they went with a hop and a bound;
And they hopped the whole world three times round.
And who so happy, oh! who,
As the Duck and the Kangaroo?

February 13, 2013 at 7:25 pm Leave a comment

There was an Old Person of Spain

by Edward Lear: A Book of Nonsense

There was an Old Person of Spain,
Who hated all trouble and pain;
So he sate on a chair with his feet in the air,
That umbrageous Old Person of Spain.

July 12, 2010 at 5:19 pm Leave a comment

There was an Old Man of the Hague

by Edward Lear: A Book of Nonsense

There was an Old Man of the Hague,
Whose ideas were excessively vague;
He built a balloon
To examine the moon,
That deluded Old Man of the Hague.

July 12, 2010 at 4:03 pm Leave a comment

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