Happy Birthday to Edward Lear
Edward Lear (1812 - 1888) was an English artist, illustrator, author, and poet. He was famous for his nonsensical poems, especially limericks. If, as a child, you read a book of children’s poems, I can almost guarantee you that Lear’s The Owl and the Pussycat was included.
They dined on mince and slices of quince.
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon, the moon.
They danced by the light of the moon.
There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said ‘It is just as I feared! -
Two Owls and a Hen,
Four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!’
How Pleasant To Know Mr. Lear
He reads but he cannot speak Spanish.
He cannot abide ginger-beer.
Ere the days of his pilgrimage vanish.
How pleasant to know Mr. Lear!
Yes, how pleasant to know Mr. Lear. Happy 199th birthday!
*Runcible – a word coined by Mr. Lear. It means a spoon with three short tines, aka, a spork.
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