Edward Lear (12 May 1812 – 29 January
1888) was an English artist, illustrator, author, and poet,
renowned today mainly for his literary nonsense, in poetry and
prose, and especially his limericks . . . read and enjoy (then
go write some poems of your own - remember to send the to us and
we will publish them on this website)
In medio Tutorissimus ibis.
'Thou shalt walk in the midst of thy Tutors.'
ONCE on a time a youthful cove
As was a cheery lad
Lived in a villa by the sea.—
The cove was not so bad;
The dogs and cats, the cows and ass,
The birds in cage or grove
The rabbits, hens, ducks, pony, pigs
All loved that cheery lad.
Seven folks—one female and six male,—
Seized on that youthful cove;
They said—'To edjukate this chap
Us seven it doth behove.'
The first his parrient was,—who taught
The cove to read and ride,
Latin, and Grammarithemetic,
And lots of things beside.
Says Pa, 'I'll spare no pains or time
Your school hours so to cut,
And sqare and fit, that you will make
No end of progress—but—,'
Says Mrs. Grey,—'I'll teach him French,
Pour parler dans cette pays—
Je cris, qu'il parlera bien,
Même comme un Francais—Mais—'