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The Best Nonsense Verses   By: (1876-1961)

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The Best Nonsense Verses, Chosen by Josephine Dodge Daskam


Copyright 1901 WILLIAM S. LORD


The publisher desires to acknowledge the courtesy of authors and publishers in granting permission to reprint the verses contained in this book. To Mr. Guy Wetmore Carryl, whose "Fables for the Frivolous" are published by Messrs. Harper & Brothers; to Mr. Charles E. Carryl, whose verses appeared originally in St. Nicholas ; to Mr. Oliver Herford, whose "Child's Primer of Natural History" is published by Messrs. Charles Scribner's Sons; to the same author for the selection from "Alphabet of Celebrities," published by Messrs. Small, Maynard & Co.; and Messrs. Harper & Brothers, the publishers of du Maurier's "A Legend of Camelot;" and to Messrs. Little, Brown & Co., who publish an edition of Lear's Nonsense Books.



Father William Lewis Carroll 7

The Walrus and the Carpenter Lewis Carroll 9

The Hunting of the Snark, Extracts Lewis Carroll 14

Jabberwocky Lewis Carroll 19

The Jumblies Edward Lear 21

The Yonghy Bonghy Bo Edward Lear 25

Nonsense Verses Edward Lear 30

Gentle Alice Brown W.S. Gilbert 33

Emily, John, James and I W.S. Gilbert 37

Ellen M'Jones Aberdeen W.S. Gilbert 41

The Sycophantic Fox and the Gullible Raven Guy Wetmore Carryl 45

Red Ridinghood Guy Wetmore Carryl 47

A Nautical Ballad Charles E. Carryl 50

The Plaint of the Camel Charles E. Carryl 52

Child's Natural History Oliver Herford 54

Alphabet of Celebrities Oliver Herford 56

Nonsense Verses Gelett Burgess 57

Vers Nonsensiques George du Maurier 59

Nonsense Verses W.S. Gilbert 60

Varia Anonymous 61



"You are old, father William," the young man said, "And your hair has become very white: And yet you incessantly stand on your head Do you think, at your age, it is right?"

"In my youth," father William replied to his son, "I feared it might injure the brain: But now that I'm perfectly sure I have none, Why, I do it again and again."

"You are old," said the youth, "as I mentioned before, And have grown most uncommonly fat; Yet you turned a back somersault in at the door Pray, what is the reason of that?"

"In my youth," said the sage, as he shook his grey locks, "I kept all my limbs very supple By the use of this ointment one shilling the box Allow me to sell you a couple."

"You are old," said the youth, "and your jaws are too weak For anything tougher than suet; Yet you finished the goose, with the bones and the beak; Pray, how did you manage to do it?"

"In my youth," said his father, "I took to the law, And argued each case with my wife: And the muscular strength, which it gave to my jaw Has lasted the rest of my life."

"You are old," said the youth; "one would hardly suppose That your eye was as steady as ever; Yet you balanced an eel on the end of your nose What made you so awfully clever?"

"I have answered three questions, and that is enough," Said his father; "don't give yourself airs! Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff? Be off, or I'll kick you down stairs!"

[ Lewis Carroll


The sun was shining on the sea, Shining with all his might: He did his very best to make The billows smooth and bright And this was odd, because it was The middle of the night... Continue reading book >>

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