A Book of Limericks

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Little, Brown,, 1888 - Limericks - 166 pages
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A Book of Limericks by Edward Lear, first published in 1888, is a rare manuscript, the original residing in one of the great libraries of the world. This book is a reproduction of that original, which has been scanned and cleaned by state-of-the-art publishing tools for better readability and enhanced appreciation.

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Page 84 - 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.
Page 81 - 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. The Owl looked up to the moon above, And sang to a small guitar, " O lovely Pussy ! O Pussy, my love, What a beautiful Pussy you are...
Page 56 - There was an Old Man who said, " How Shall I flee from this horrible Cow? I will sit on this stile, and continue to smile, Which may soften the heart of that Cow.
Page xvii - Far and few, far and few, Are the lands where the Jumblies live ; Their heads are green, and their hands are blue, And they went to sea in a Sieve.
Page 22 - But before he touched the shore — The shore of the Bristol Channel, A sea-green Porpoise carried away His wrapper of scarlet flannel. And when he came to observe his feet, Formerly garnished with toes so neat, His face at once became forlorn On perceiving that all his toes were gone! And nobody ever knew, From that dark day to the present, Whoso had taken the Pobble's toes, In a manner so far from pleasant.
Page 21 - The Pobble who has no toes, Swam across the Bristol Channel; But before he set out he wrapped his nose In a piece of scarlet flannel. For his Aunt Jobiska said, "No harm Can come to his toes if his nose is warm; And it's perfectly known that a Pobble's toes Are safe — provided he minds his nose.
Page 28 - On the top of the Crumpetty Tree The Quangle Wangle sat, But his face you could not see, On account of his Beaver Hat. For his Hat was a hundred and two feet wide, With ribbons and bibbons on every side, And bells, and buttons, and loops, and lace, So that nobody ever could see the face Of the Quangle Wangle Quee. The Quangle Wangle said 10 To himself on the Crumpetty Tree, "Jam, and jelly, and bread Are the best of food for me!
Page 14 - They sailed to the Western Sea, they did, To a land all covered with trees, And they bought an Owl, and a useful Cart, And a pound of Rice, and a Cranberry Tart, And a hive of silvery Bees. And they bought a Pig, and some green Jack-daws, And a lovely Monkey with lollipop paws, And forty bottles of Ring-Bo-Ree, And no end of Stilton Cheese. Far and few, far and few, Are the lands where the Jumblies live ; Their heads are green and their hands...
Page 23 - How pleasant to know Mr Lear!' Who has written such volumes of stuff! Some think him ill-tempered and queer, But a few think him pleasant enough.

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