A Book and a Jug and a Dame
William S. Baring-Gould, The Lure of the Limerick (New York: Clarkson N. Potter, 1967): 142.
1A book and a jug and a dame,
2And a nice cozy nook for the same;
3 "And I don't care a damn,"
5"What you say, it's a great little game."
4] Omar Khayyam: from the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám by Edward Fitzgerald (1859), a popular translation of a work by a 12th-century Persian poet. The limerick perfectly modernizes the happy cynicism of Fitzgerald's speaker:
Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough,Back to Line
A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse--and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness--
And Wilderness is Paradise enow. (XI: 41-44)
RPO poem Editors: