There was an Old Man of Thermopylæ

Original Text: 
Edward Lear, More Nonsense, Pictures, Rhymes, Botany, etc. (London: Robert John Bush, 1872). Unpaginated. The Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books 1566-1910, comp. Judith St. John (Toronto: Toronto Public Library, 1975), I.70.
1There was an old man of Thermopylæ,
2Who never did anything properly;
3But they said, "If you choose, To boil eggs in your shoes,
4You shall never remain in Thermopylæ."
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.