There was an old man of Tobago,|
Who lived on rice, gruel and sago
Till, much to his bliss,
His physician said this -
To a leg, sir, of mutton you may go.
In the original introduction to 'More Nonsense', Edward Lear wrote: 'Long years ago, in the days when much of my time was passed in a country house, where children and mirth abounded, the lines beginning "There was an Old Man of Tobago" were suggested to me, by a valued friend, as a form of verse lending itself to limitless variety for Rhymes and Pictures; and thenceforth the greater part of the original drawings and verses for the first "Book of Nonsense" were struck off.'|
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