There was an Old Man with a Beard

Original Text: 
Edward Lear, Nonsense Books (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co., 1948): 62. PR 4879 L2 N45 1948 Robarts Library
1There was an Old Man with a beard ,
2Who said, "It is just as I feared! --
3Two Owls and a Hen, four Larks and a Wren,
4Have all built their nests in my beard.
Publication Start Year: 
1861
Publication Notes: 
Edward Lear, A Book of Nonsense, enlarged edn. (Routledge, Warne, and Routledge, 1861)
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
1998
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