The Owl and the Pussycat – A Poem by Edward Lear (with mp3)

Now you can listen to a recording of The Owl and the Pussycat.  The poem was written and illustrated by English poet Edward Lear.  Click the link above to hear it recited and then read along with the illustrated poem below.



I.  The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat: They took some honey, and plenty of money
Wrapped up in a five-pound note. The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar, "O lovely Pussy, O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are, You are, You are! What a beautiful Pussy you are!"

II.  Pussy said to the Owl, "You elegant fowl,
How charmingly sweet you sing! Oh! let us be married; too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?" They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the bong-tree grows; And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood,
With a ring at the end of his nose, His nose, His nose, With a ring at the end of his nose.


III.  "Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?" Said the Piggy, "I will." So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.

They dined on mince and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon; And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon, The moon, The moon, They danced by the light of the moon.


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One Response to “The Owl and the Pussycat – A Poem by Edward Lear (with mp3)”

  1. Michele Parker Says:

    This is my absolute favorite poem as a child; now, 61 years later, I have found it again and can relive, one last time, the magic it made me feel. Tears of gratitude; thank you for this precious and priceless gift. EDWARD LEAR- as an adult I can now appreciate the author.

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