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Laughable Lyrics: A Fourth Book of Nonsense Poems, Songs, Botany, Music, etc. (1877)

 

Z was a Zebra striped

Z was a Zebra striped
And streaked with lines of black;
Papa said once, he thought he'd like
A ride upon his back.

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Y was a Youth, who kicked

Y was a Youth, who kicked
And screamed and cried like mad;
Papa he said, "Your conduct is
Abominably bad!"

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X was King Xerxes, whom

X was King Xerxes, whom
Papa much wished to know;
But this he could not do, because
Xerxes died long ago.

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W was a Watch of Gold

W was a Watch of Gold:
It told the time of day,
So that Papa knew when to come,
And when to go away.

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V was a Villain; once

V was a Villain; once
He stole a piece of beef.
Papa he said, "Oh, dreadful man!
That Villain is a Thief!"

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U was a silver urn

U was a silver urn,
Full of hot scalding water;
Papa said, "If that Urn were mine,
I'd give it to my daughter!"

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T was a tumbler full

T was a tumbler full
Of Punch all hot and good;
Papa he drank it up, when in
The middle of a wood.

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S was Papa's new Stick

S was Papa's new Stick,
Papa's new thumping Stick,
To thump extremely wicked boys,
Because it was so thick.

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R was a Railway Rug

R was a Railway Rug
Extremely large and warm;
Papa he wrapped it round his head,
In a most dreadful storm.

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