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EDWARD LEAR
English poet of humorous verse and landscape painter
(1812 - 1888)

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.
      - Lines to a Young Lady [Nonsense]

Who, or why, or which, or what,
  Is the Akhond of Swat?
      - The Akhond of Swat [News]

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea
  In a beautiful pea-green boat.
      - The Owl and the Pussy-Cat [Boating]

He has gone to fish, for his Aunt Jobliska's
  Runcible Cat with crimson whiskers!
      - The Pobble Who Has No Toes [Fishing]

The Pobble who has no toes
  Had once as many as we;
    When they said, "Some day you may lose them all";--
      He replied,--"Fish fiddle de-dee!"
      - The Pobble Who Has No Toes [Fish]


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