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Edward Lear
'How pleasant to know Mr Lear!'
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'How pleasant to know Mr Lear!'
Who has written such volumes of stuff!
Some think him ill-tempered and queer,
But a few think him pleasant enough.

His mind is concrete and fastidious; -
His nose is remarkably big; -
His visage is more or less hideous; -
His beard it resembles a wig.

He has ears, and two eyes, and ten fingers, -
(Leastways if you reckon two thumbs;)
Long ago he was one of the singers,
But now he is one of the dumms.

He sits in a beautiful parlour,
With hundreds of books on the wall;
He drinks a great deal of Marsala,
But never gets tipsy at all.

He has many friends, laymen and clerical;
Old Foss is the name of his cat;
His body is perfectly spherical; -
He weareth a runcible hat.

When he walks in a waterproof white
The children run after him so!
Calling out, - 'He's come out in his night-
gown, that crazy old Englishman, - O!'

He weeps by the side of the ocean,
He weeps on the top of the hill;
He purchases pancakes and lotion,
And chocolate shrimps from the mill.

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!'

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