July 23rd, 2010
There was a young maid who said, “Why Can’t I look in my ear with my eye? If I put my mind to it, I’m sure I can do it, You never can tell till you try.” ~Limerick by Edward Lear ~Collage Drawing by Lila
April 9th, 2010
Edward Lear made limericks popular in England in the mid 19th century with his “A Book of Nonsense” (1846). It contained limericks that he wrote and illustrated. Here are 4 of them with pictures and recordings. There was a Young Lady of Troy, Whom several large flies did annoy; Some she killed with a […]
June 18th, 2009
A Gobolink is like an inkblot, but it’s made for fun, not for psychological analysis! To make a gobolink, you drop a little ink on a sheet of white paper. Fold the paper in half and press down the ink on the two halves of the paper. Then you open the paper and you have […]
June 16th, 2009
In Africa wandered a yak; A jaguar jumped up on his back. Said the yak, with a frown, "Prithee quick get thee down; You’re almost too heavy, alack!" Definition of a Limerick: A five line poem with the form AABBA, often humorous or nonsensical verse, popularized by Edward Lear.
March 15th, 2007
In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a little information about limericks. A limerick is a five-line poem, with the rhyming pattern A-A-B-B-A. In other words, lines 1, 2 and 5 rhyme with each other. They usually have 7-11 syllables per line. Lines 3 and 4 rhyme with each other and have 5-8 syllables per […]
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Featuring sheet music and links to recordings!
In Christmas Carols Around The World we've gathered over 75 beloved carols from countries and cultures all around the globe.
Each carol includes the full text in the original language, with an English translation.
Each includes links to recordings on the Mama Lisa website, some by professional
musicians, but many by ordinary people who have contributed them to us, to help
preserve their culture.
Most include beautiful illustrations and sheet music.
Many have commentary sent to us by our correspondents who write about the history of
the songs and what they meant in their lives.
We've included beloved favorites from all over the world like:
"Tu scendi dalle stelle (You Come Down from the Stars)" from Italy.
"Guillô prends ton tambourin (Patapan)" from France.
And "Cantos para pedir posada (Carol to Ask for Lodging)" from Mexico.
We've also included English language favorites like
"Good King Wenceslas".
And spirituals like "Go Tell It On The Mountain".
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