Bob's Byway


 * These poems provide examples of limericks.
There was a young lady of Niger
Who smiled as she rode on a tiger.
    They returned from the ride
    With the lady inside
And the smile on the face of the tiger.
                      -- Anonymous (Sometimes attributed to William Cosmo Monkhouse, 1840-1901)

A staid schizophrenic named Struther,
When told of the death of his brother,
    Said: "Yes, I am sad;
    It makes me feel bad,
But then, I still have each other."
                      -- Anonymous

 * Because the clever humor of limericks make them a highly popular form of verse, they are subject to wide oral circulation, in which process their authorship often becomes unknown.
There was a young lady named Bright,
Who traveled much faster than light.
    She started one day
    In the relative way,
And returned on the previous night.
                      -- Anonymous

A tutor who tooted the flute
Tried to tutor two tooters to toot,
    Said the two to the tutor,
    "Is it harder to toot or
To tutor two tooters to toot?"
                      -- Anonymous

There was a young lady of Lynn
Who was so uncommonly thin
    That when she essayed
    To drink lemonade
She slipped through the straw and fell in.
                      -- Anonymous

To Limerick in the Glossary
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There was an old man with a beard,
Who said, "It is just as I feared!--
    Two Owls and a Hen,
    Four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!"
                      -- Edward Lear, 1812 - 1888