Some Limericks by Edward Lear with Recordings

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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.

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There was a Young Lady of Troy,
Whom several large flies did annoy;
Some she killed with a thump, some she drowned at the pump,
And some she took with her to Troy.

MP3 of There was a Young Lady of Troy

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There was an Old Person of Dutton,
Whose head was as small as a button;
So to make it look big he purchased a wig,
And rapidly rushed about Dutton.

MP3 of There was an Old Person of Dutton

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There was an Old Man who said, "Hush!
I perceive a young bird in this bush!"
When they said, "Is it small?" he replied, "Not at all;
It is four times as big as the bush!"

MP3 of There was an Old Man who said, "Hush!”

 

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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."

MP3 of There was an Old Man who said, "How”

The above recordings are by Elijah for LibriVox.

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One Response to “Some Limericks by Edward Lear with Recordings”

  1. Doug Harris Says:

    After years of listening to people fail to deliver limericks with their requisite meter, we have at last found our champion. Elijah, please continue to speak forth because many a Royal Shakespeare Company actor has tried and failed. We need you …

    Doug

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