Three poems by Edward Lear (1812-1888)

I hope you enjoy these three little poems as much as I did :-).

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There Was an Old Man with a Beard

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 nest in my beard!

There was an Old Man in a Tree

There was an old man in a tree,

Who was horribly bored by a Bee;

When they said, “Does it buzz? He replied, “Yes it does!”

“It’s a regular brute of a Bee!

There was an Old Man Who Supposed

There was an old man who supposed,

That the street door was partially closed;

But some very large rats, ate his coats and his hats,

While that futile old gentleman dozed.


From the Norton Anthology of Poetry – Third Edition (W W Norton & Company, New York & London)