Nonsense Songs, Stories and Alphabets (1871)

 

P was a polly

P was a polly,
All red, blue, and green,—
The most beautiful polly
That ever was seen.

p!

Poor little Polly!

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O was an oyster

O was an oyster,
Who lived in his shell:
If you let him alone,
He felt perfectly well.

o!

Open-mouthed oyster!

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N was a nut

N was a nut
So smooth and so brown!
And when it was ripe,
It fell tumble-dum-down.

n!

Nice little Nut!

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M was a man

M was a man,
Who walked round and round;
And he wore a long coat
That came down to the ground.

m!

Funny old Man!

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L was a lily

L was a lily,
So white and so sweet!
To see it and smell it
Was quite a nice treat.

l!

Beautiful Lily!

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K was a kingfisher

K was a kingfisher:
Quickly he flew,
So bright and so pretty!—
Green, purple, and blue.

k!

Kingfisher, blue!

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J was a jug

J was a jug,
So pretty and white,
With fresh water in it
At morning and night.

j!

Nice little jug!

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I was an inkstand

I was an inkstand,
Which stood on a table,
With a nice pen to write with
When we are able.

i!

Neat little inkstand!

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H was a heron

H was a heron,
Who stood in a stream:
The length of his neck
And his legs was extreme.

h!

Long-legged Heron!

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G was a gooseberry

G was a gooseberry,
Perfectly red;
To be made into jam,
And eaten with bread.

g!

Gooseberry red!

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