A Book and a Jug and a Dame

A Book and a Jug and a Dame

Original Text

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,
A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse--and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness--
And Wilderness is Paradise enow. (XI: 41-44)
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RPO poem Editors
Ian Lancashire
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RPO 1999.