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Laughable Lyrics

Edward Lear

Book Overview: 

Hillarious, fantastic poems that I enjoyed reading to my two sons when they were little. Now I'd like to read them for anyone's children to enjoy listening to.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Might I find my Jumbly Girl again!
For ever I'll seek by lake and shore
Till I find my Jumbly Girl once more!"

Playing a pipe with silvery squeaks, Since then his Jumbly Girl he seeks; And because by night he could not see, He gathered the bark of the Twangum Tree On the flowery plain that grows. And he wove him a wondrous Nose,— A Nose as strange as a Nose could be! Of vast proportions and painted red,
And tied with cords to the back of his head.
—In a hollow rounded space it ended With a luminous Lamp within suspended, All fenced about With a bandage stout To prevent the wind from blowing it out; And with holes all round to send the light In gleaming rays on the dismal night

And now each night, and all night long,
Over those plains still roams the Dong;
And above the wail of the Chimp and Snipe
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Community Reviews

Having read and not particularly enjoyed, Lear's other volumes of Nonsense, I didn't have high hopes for this one.
However, I was presently surprised. It's actually very enjoyable.

I enjoyed a number of these poems. Many of them were a little too "over the top" even for me, though.