Edward Lear was an English artist, illustrator, musician, author and poet, now known mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry and prose and especially his limericks, a form he popularised.
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Famous Edward Lear Poems
Limerick: There Was An Old Person Of Troy
There was an old person of Troy,
Whose drink was warm brandy and soy,
Which he took with a spoon,
By the light of the moon,
In sight of the city of Troy.
Limerick: There Was An Old Person Of Chili
There was an Old Person of Chili,
Whose conduct was painful and silly,
He sate on the stairs,
Eating apples and pears,
That imprudent Old Person of Chili.
Limerick: There Was An Old Person Of Mold
There was an Old Person of Mold,
Who shrank from sensations of cold,
So he purchased some muffs,
Some furs and some fluffs,
And wrapped himself from the cold.
Limerick:There Was A Young Lady Of Parma
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.
Limerick: There Was An Old Person Of Bangor
There was an Old Person of Bangor,
Whose face was distorted with anger!
He tore off his boots,
And subsisted on roots,
That irascible Person of Bangor.
Limerick: There Was An Old Man Of Vesuvius
There was an Old Man of Vesuvius,
Who studied the works of Vitruvius;
When the flames burnt his book,
To drinking he took,
That morbid Old Man of Vesuvius.
Limerick: There Was An Old Man Of Tobago
There was an old man of Tobago,
Who lived on rice, gruel and sago
Till, much to his bliss,
His physician said this –
To a leg, sir, of mutton you may go.
Limerick: There Was An Old Person Of Paxo
There was an old person of Paxo
Which complained when the fleas bit his back so,
But they gave him a chair
And impelled him to swear,
Which relieved that old person of Paxo.
Limerick: There Was An Old Man Of Vienna
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.
Limerick: There Was An Old Man Of The Wrekin
There was an Old Man of the Wrekin
Whose shoes made a horrible creaking
But they said, ‘Tell us whether,
Your shoes are of leather,
Or of what, you Old Man of the Wrekin?’
Limerick: There Was An Old Person Of Basing
There was an Old Person of Basing,
Whose presence of mind was amazing;
He purchased a steed,
Which he rode at full speed,
And escaped from the people of Basing.
Limerick: There Was An Old Person Of Cadiz
There was an Old Person of Cadiz,
Who was always polite to all ladies;
But in handing his daughter,
He fell into the water,
Which drowned that Old Person of Cadiz.
Limerick: There Was An Old Person Of Rheims
There was an Old Person of Rheims,
Who was troubled with horrible dreams;
So, to keep him awake
They fed him on cake,
Which amused that Old Person of Rheims.
Limerick: There Was An Old Person Of Wick
There was an Old Person of Wick,
Who said, ‘Tick-a-Tick, Tick-a-Tick;
And he said nothing more,
That laconic Old Person of Wick
Limerick: There Was An Old Person Of Tring
There was an Old Person of Tring,
Who embellished his nose with a ring;
Ha gazed at the moon
Every evening in June,
That ecstatic Old Person in Tring.